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Glossary

Glossary

Here you will find a glossary of some of the terms used throughout this website.

Austrian - Horizontal curtains gathered at the top for fullness and drawn by cords which ruche the fabric deeply.

Blockout - Total blockout of light achieved when using fully insulated linings.

Bonded Blinds - A fabric covered roller blind.

Contemporary Style - A clean design; no clutter, no mess - just a smart style

Country Look - This style uses wooden features, rich terracotta tiles and earthenware accessories to recreate that quaint country cottage.

Custom Made Treatments - A window covering made to the exact window measurements or specifications required.  Custom made items include all types of drapes, blinds, bedspreads, pelmets and tracks.

Continuous Treatments - Fabric that is manufactured to avoid seams or joins. Continuous curtains are usually sheers and come ready made in a number of different drops.

Festoon - A curtain similar to an Austrian, but with permanent ruches throughout, even when fully lowered.

Holland Blinds - Square or rectangular shaped fabric attached to a spring-loaded mechanism, so it can roll out of sight.

Pelmet - Constructed with a wooden headboard and fixed above the curtain rail at the top of the window.

Pinch Pleat - A heading style that is commonly used today. Pinch pleated drapes when drawn closed will conceal the tracking and create regular folds.

Roman Blinds - A flat fabric blind that folds up from the bottom in concertina style, similar to Austrians in that they are drawn up with cords through small rings.

Swags & Tails - A soft fabric draped over the top of curtains in a semi-circular shape so that the material falls either side of the window into a tail.

Tape Headings - Responsible for producing the distinctive pleats and gathers at the top of treatments.

Traditional Style - Decorating the home in the look of yesteryear by recreating a certain period.

Valance - Fabric that is draped softly across the top of a window.  Valances can be gathered, shirred or pleated and finished with frills, fringes and trims.

Venetian Blinds - Tiny horizontal slats that come in a variety of widths from slimline to micro.

Vertical Blinds - Vertical louvres attached individually to a rod.

Wooden Blinds - Horizontal wooden slats that have become very popular in recent years.

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