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Common Window Treatment Terminology You Should Know, Part Two

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At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Los Angeles, we understand how time consuming and challenging it can be to shop for window treatments without the help of a professional. That’s why we’re proud to offer California residents with some of the most innovative and decorative window treatments available. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed some common window terminology you should be aware of including the different styles of window treatments available. In part two, we’ll take a look at some common window treatment materials you should be aware of before you start shopping for new drapes, curtains, and blinds.

When you have a general idea of the types of window treatments you’d like, it’s time to start looking at the different materials available. Curtains, draperies, and blinds can come in a variety of different materials that can add weight or lighten up a room, depending on what you’re going for. Let’s take a look at some popular window treatment materials below.

  • Acrylic – If you’re looking for a lightweight fabric that looks and feels like wool, but is machine washable, wrinkle-resistant, and won’t fade in the sunlight, you’ll love acrylic material. Acrylic window treatments are very easy to care for and they tend to hold up very well over time.
  • Chenille – This soft and luxurious fabric is a popular novelty yarn among homeowners. It is often used to create a rough, looped or knotted textured surface.
  • Damask – If you’d like design themes in the fabric of your drapes or curtains, you may want to consider damask. This elaborately patterned, jacquard-woven fabric is created from silk, linen, wool, cotton, and other synthetic fibers. Common designs include flowers, leaves, fruit, and animals.
  • Eyelet – This lightweight curtain fabric is often decorated with small, embroidered holes. The holes are normally laid out in a floral pattern, and the design is often found in trim.
  • Gingham – Gingham is a casual cotton, or cotton and polyester blend fabric that has a small checkered design of colored squares that alternate with white squares. This material is often used for tiered curtains.
  • Lace – As you may already know, lace is a delicate ornamental fabric that is woven in a web-like pattern. It is often combined with other types of embroidery.
  • Linen – Linen is a flat-woven fabric that is made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is extremely strong and smooth, and can offer a crisp texture for your blinds or drapes. It can also be blended with cotton, silk, and other natural fibers.
  • Polyester – This synthetic fiber material is machine washable and wrinkle-resistant. Polyester is normally blended with cotton or other synthetic fibers.

dreamstime_xxl_16476412Once you’ve decided what material you’d like to use for your new window treatments, you may want to look into different embellishments to really make your curtains or drapes pop. Let’s take a look at some popular needlework and fabric designs to consider for your new window treatments below.

  • Applique – This is a needlework technique in which different pieces of fabric are embroidered onto a background of fabric to create a unique design.
  • Basketweave – A basketweave is an allover texture design that can be produced by an under-and-over weaving technique. As you may have guessed, the end result resembles the same texture of a weaved basket.
  • Box Pleat – Box pleats are evenly spaced and stitched double pleats. Fabric is folded under on both sides to create a box-like shape. Box pleats can normally be found in the header of draperies.
  • Burnout – A burnout is a decorative fabric design that is produced by dissolving away one or more fibers in a fabric with the help of a weak acid or chemical salt. This is used to destroy some of the fibers on the fabric to create a relief or silhouette pattern.
  • Embroidery – These decorative stitches can be used to dress up the base fabric of your blinds or curtains. Some common types of embroidery include eyelet, chain stitch, and satin stitch patterns.
  • Jacquard – A jacquard weave can be used to create an intricate woven pattern using multiple levels. Some examples include damask fabrics, tapestries, and brocades.

We hope that this blog has taught you a thing or two about the different types of window treatment materials and embellishments available. If you live in Los Angeles and you’re ready to add shutters, blinds, shades, or drapes to your windows, contact our professionals today!

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