Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

NET CURTAINS belong in Room 101

Posted in Net Curtains by sheelanagigcomedienne on January 28, 2013

I thought it was time I started my own ROOM IOI. This will require some googling research. It is quite fascinating when you pick on a topic and find that it belongs in its own microworld.

First up NET CURTAINS. I hate them or, at least, dislike them – them and the privet hedge, it’s close relative

Net curtains

This is from m Mr  Net Curtains History of Net Curtains

The History Of Net Curtains – How Fred Flintstone Covered His Window

Privacy was as important in the 1700s as it is now. So was class. Back then, the only way for people to know what was going on somewhere was to take a good like inside through their windows. Somewhere along the line, people realised that windows needed covers, and rags just wouldn’t do. The answer to their dilemma? Net Curtains. These intricately woven laces are different from the usual curtains because they act as mirror glasses. Nobody could steal a glance into your world while you would have been sitting right at the window, enjoying the scene outside. Net Curtains also optimised the amount of sunlight entering the rooms and blocked UV rays. Clever mechanism and breathtakingly beautiful design. It isn’t any wonder that this embellishment has grown in popularity ever since.

One telling difference between the kind of Net Curtains Fred Flintstone might have had and the kind that most people have now is that during earlier days, Net Curtains used to be made out of wool, cotton or silk. Today, most Net Curtains are made out of polyester. This synthetic material retains the exquisite look of silk but costs much lesser. Thanks to technological advancement, you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy beauty. This is not to say that you will have difficulty in finding silk or cotton curtains in these times. Net Curtains, then and now, have always been in vogue. Whether you live in a palatial mansion or a modest apartment, Net Curtains are sure to give your windows the looks they deserve.

If carefully chosen and arranged; Net Curtains can give your room that touch of elegance. In the early days, regal designs and conservative perspectives were desired. Today, while still giving your windows an English appearance, modern blueprints have been incorporated into the styling of curtains. Some like it old fashioned and some prefer deceptively lucid compositions. What can we say, curtains are versatile objects! Essentially, there are three kinds of Net Curtains – The Voile, Jardiniere and Cafe curtains.

Voile curtains are great if you have large windows and you need full length covers. These have rich patterns that are elaborately weaved. You can choose to have them embroidered but normally Voile curtains are plain and can be easily suited to your walls and carpets for this very reason. Voiles are made of wool and they’re semi transparent. They’re available in a multitude of colours and patterns.

Voile curtains

Jardinieres are full length curtains too but they have an arch at the end. This allows you to look outside but not much of what’s on your side can be seen. This means you can still enjoy your privacy while allowing the morning sun to shine into your room. Jardinieres are lovely curtains to look at and anyone will appreciate the beautiful ambiance it provides to your room.

 

 

 

 

Cafe curtains are cheaper and they only cover the lower half of your window. They’re great for kitchens and if you use the right kind of poles, they can look particularly stunning. People often mix and match cafe curtains on the top and the bottom half of the windows so a stream of light enters the room through the middle. If you want to experiment with styles and shades, cafe curtains will match your needs perfectly.Cafe curtains

A thing of beauty is a joy forever they say and curtains are one of the most beautiful aspects of home interiors. Bare windows make an otherwise good looking environment look dull. Years and years of sure growth alone bear testimony to the fact that Net Curtains are an integral part of home decor and so it will be for years to come.

 

 

 

 

Jardinieres are full length curtains too but they have an arch at the end. This allows you to look outside but not much of what’s on your side can be seen. This means you can still enjoy your privacy while allowing the morning sun to shine into your room. Jardinieres are lovely curtains to look at and anyone will appreciate the beautiful ambiance it provides to your room.

Jardiniere curtains

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Express Nets website:  The History of Net Curtains

During the Industrial Revolution the UK was one of the main producers of fabrics and net curtains in the world but in recent years fabric production has moved to the Far East and some parts of Europe due to the cost of the UK labour market.

It is sad to say but it is very unlikely that the UK will ever regain its place as a major exporter of fabric and textiles.

Why Net Curtains?

Net curtains are used to soften the look of a room and give it a warm comforting feeling. They are also very useful for keeping out prying eyes and keeping our belongings out of site. It is believed that crime rates rise and fall with the popularity of Net Curtains.

THEY WOULD SAY THAT, WOULDN’T THEY?

This is from The Independent By Charles Nevin Minor British Institutions: Net curtains – This Britain – UK – The

Minor British Institutions: Net curtains

You will not be surprised to learn that the net curtain is a British, or, specifically, English device, as it allows examination of the outside world without permitting introspection.

The net spread with the rising urban middle classes, who began to worry that their betters might sneer at their interiors and their inferiors might steal from them.

Originally made of lace, the introduction of light polyester nets increased opportunities for hidden observing, and the net assumed its role as a cipher for suburbia and its supposed narrowness and nosiness. Now it is rarely met without its default adjective, “twitching”, emphasising that it’s seen mostly as a means of prying rather than protecting.

Its more organised consequence, Neighbourhood Watch, hasn’t attracted the same opprobrium. The upper classes prefer shutters. Continentals, who largely operate an open-curtain policy, are puzzled by all this obscurantism. But then they, palpably, are not British.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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