As you might know, I have been sourcing curtains, mostly old ( but a smattering of new linen ones) for the French house for a long time. It takes time to find the perfect pair and they are utterly critical when considering natural light and colour reflection and what could be more authentic or eco-friendly than keeping old, sound wooden windows & doors and insulating with thick drapes?
This pair of velvet and damask gems are superfluous to my window needs, but they are very heavy and very beautiful for the right spot, door or narrow window. Extremely well made and sitting on Etsy right now.
Having listened to many folk bemoaning the difficulty of finding drapes to suit the height and drop of tall windows in French properties, I have started sourcing old pairs in good vintage condition here and in France as not everyone can sew their own.
Yes, you can have them made to measure and but that is very expensive due to the amount of material, labour and time required for proper hand finishing. Vintage ones are an affordable option and tick lots of boxes for me; the response on Etsy to the curtains I have listed to date suggests a market out there. And I can post them safely anywhere in the world, unlike our restored & refinished furniture!
If you are making yourself, you really don’t have to pay top whack for fabrics. This length of Voyage embroidered linen was a 99p ebay find. As was this unusual and screamingly 30’s little embroidery destined for a cushion cover.
Yes you can stabilise patina and verdigris so it doesn’t come off on your 17th century Jacobean wool embroidered hangings.Details…Details….