Curtains of a certain charm

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Swaying to the romance of the gentle breeze that touches upon its delicate essence or shaking to a violent wind gushing in through the expanse of the windows that it adorns, curtains do imbibe homes and hearts with a certain aura of almost magical leanings. Dreamy in their vision of the light flutters afforded by the most non existent of breezes, amazing in their necessity of filtering light in and out and dressy indeed of spaces and moods to an extent that can be transformative certainly, these drapers of windows and adorner of doors or drawers of the exclusivity of spaces are a very common element of every area where human existence manifests itself, in all encompassments of life and breath. Not just of the modern world though where essences like privacy and necessities like decorum are partaken of in the same whiff as the luxury of decor and an aptitude for the aesthetics thereby making curtains the multifaceted ‘entity’ that they command coveted status as, but also of times of the ancient past when they served somewhat different purposes through an identity that shaped up then as somewhat different as well.

Back in the day, curtains used to be made not from any fabric of sorts but rather from animal hides, hung over doorways for such purposes that had nothing to do with the pursuit of privacy. In fact, curtains then served as insulating materials for homes and humans, by blocking heavy winds from asserting their rather unsettling impact after managing to find their chilling way into inner spaces, unobstructed by the quite drafty doors and windows that they ended up so effortlessly penetrating. Also prevalent around that time was the use of curtains to such effect that made them function as room dividers, known also differently as portières, entitling spaces to specific exclusivity, eking them out for purposes that were markedly different than what took centerstage on the other side of the temporal divide. Attributable to the early Egyptians have been these variations that curtains had been subjected to already in their functionality, as evident in excavations of curtain panels from Olynthus civilization in modern Greece and from Pompeii and Herculaneum civilizations in modern Italy from the 6th and 7th centuries B.C. Even a wide many Asian cultures, particularly those rooted in the Persian, Indian and Chinese ways of life have been documented to use curtains as dividers of spaces making therefore the range of their use as universal and singular as possible.

Stemming again from the Egyptians were the next advancement in the flair that curtains soon began to encompass and continue to do so even today as fabric made curtains came to do the rounds. With linen and flax first developed in Egypt, followed by wool, silk, and cotton, each of which makes for exquisitely swaying and functional still curtains, these stavers of the cold and the wind found also another dimension of use accruing to them. With doors and windows being made increasingly robust or even downsized to make them less welcoming of the freezing gusts of wind, particularly with windows managing to exist only as narrow slits built into houses, curtains outgrew the use of them in their thermal properties. But that did not render curtains obsolete yet, rather endowing upon them such necessary alternative functions that made them all the more commonplace essentials of upholstery. Commanding therefore other profiles that which enabled curtains to also be capable of impressively filtering in light into spaces which they cupped as well in all beauty, these mere lengths of fabric manifested themselves as really versatile a component of home decor. Such developments however were far spaced out from the history of curtains through the ancient times as the Early and Middle Ages provide very little reference of such use or disuse of them. The breakthrough period in the timeline that curtains have come to grace emerged much later in the 13th century when the invention of glass by the Italians dawned upon a world of new realisations in which curtains would come to dwell in.

The age of the Renaissance that followed through the years of the 14th to the 17th centuries saw glass became an indispensable feature of homes, with windows and even doors coming to the rest in the glitz and glamour that this shiny expanse of material spawned across as. Making therefore spaces more naturally flooded with light and also more transparent in their proceedings, it was this incorporation of glass into architecture that made curtains more expansive in the need of them. While hanging curtains indeed became more ingrained a necessity of people who have forever held dear the allure of their privacy, it also helped filter in or out as much light into spaces as one desired, drawing them in to filter out excess and throwing them open to allow more natural an ambience to develop. First asserting their throw along the fancy facades of the rich in the 15th century were these curtains based on fabric, that till then had only been scouted out for use upon furniture or as wall hangings. The following years only saw more extravagance taking prominence upon the length of these curtains as intricate and ornamental designs on imported silk, velvet and brocade popularly dressed up the windows and doors of the affluent, more as a symbol of status and wealth and less as a staple catering to necessities of home life. This assertion of the artistic along the free flowing expanse of curtains continued well into the 17th century as these items of drapery came to flaunt also hand made trimmings, like the flowing flair of the tassels or the romantic charm of the fringes, making therefore curtains a way of dressing up houses in the exquisiteness of beauty and the allure of aesthetics.

The setting in of the 18th and the 19th centuries was what made curtains more accessible items of home decor for all, as mass production techniques and cheaper textiles led them to unfurl their swaying might not just in the abodes of the affluent but also along the modest homes of the masses. Ornate styles still ruled though, as fancy elaborate designs and vibrant colors were what curtains were most commonly projected in, to enhance the look and feel of even not the most fanciest of spaces. That, together with the development of sheer curtains and net variants allowed for more drama to pour in into homes and hearths, as style and functionality were infused with each other for a creation of a really dreamy ambiance that swept over the fancies of a people deciphering a new meaning of ‘home is where the heart is’ adage.

The fancy premises however made way for more humble appearances of the curtain to gain precedence particularly during the period of the two World Wars when a shortage of material as well as a growing adherence to the minimalist trend in design made curtains to evolve into simple assertions of form and functionality. Fluctuating aspirations that regularly sees a shift in design affiliation means that like all things fashion, be it of dresses or of decor, curtain preferences too have swayed between the dynamics of the elaborate and the essential, with modern day trends not rooted in one particular dimension but governed instead by personal choices and particular themes in which spaces are steeped in. Which is why, the curtains of today come in so many different types and sizes, and in shapes and designs that cater to every fancy associated with them. Not just curtains though, hangings upon windows most commonly can take also alternate forms of guarding privacy or shielding from intense lights and colds, making therefore this whole range of home decor an exploration to marvel at. Here’s some of the trendiest ways to dress up windows and doors in all style and substance that can be curtains or not, as whatever your home design sensibilities demand out of you-

Curtain Pairs

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For those who love the framing effect that curtains have typically upon windows, curtain pairs are the best option to achieve that dressy effect. With two identical pieces forming a set and that which can be pulled back and cinched also with matching tiebacks when you wish to draw them out these, these indeed are for folks who prefer symmetry and perfection in their aesthetic choices.

Roman Blinds

Classic but not curtainy, Roman blinds are an impeccable way for your windows to allow some glamour into your home. Distinctive in their smooth appearance when opened even when stacking evenly unlike regular blinds, Roman Blinds come with quite a cost as well, that which however sure is outweighed by the sheer effect of it.

Priscilla Curtains

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Dramatic, to say the least is what Priscilla curtains endows your home decor in abundance with. Generally lacey picks that sport a ruffle mounted on two separate rods that runs from the top and across the bottom of each panel, creating its very prominent criss cross design are Priscilla curtains that sure add layers of detail to the look of any space they overlap across.

Macrame Curtains

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There sure would be no more intricate way of defining your doors and windows than having some macrame curtains unleash the magic of their beauty. Perfectly imparting of a boho chic essence to your home are these standout pieces of tremendous uniqueness that makes macrame curtains the ultimate way to do up spaces in style and also in essence.

Cafe Curtains

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A half style of curtains that is known also as the tier curtain for this very reason are cafe curtains that cover just the lower portion of a window, typically of the kitchen or bathroom or even the living room. Definitely allowing of more light into your space without you having to draw them open or close every time is this conveniently chic mode of the curtain that you can choose to sport.

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