Styles and Types of Curtains

Styles & Types of Curtain

There are so many different ways to decorate a window. Here is a selection of the different styles and types of curtain. These will give you ideas on what type of curtain design to use for your window decoration. If you are choosing curtains for your own home or looking to design curtains for a living. This is all useful basic information to get you started, and asking yourself questions on how you make decisions on what type of curtain suits the style of window and the room.

Types of Curtain

Curtain Valance

This is a deep frill of fabric at the top of a window, framing the window and hiding the curtain track or rod.
Type of Curtain Valance

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Casement Curtains, Rod Pocket, Panel Curtain

This style of curtain has many names – Casement Curtain, Panel Curtain, Pole Top Curtain.

Casement Curtain, Rod Pocket, Panel Curtain, Pole Top

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French Pleat Curtains

Regular spaced triple pleats generally formed by a tape that pulls through the cords.

French pleat curtains

 

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Tab Top Curtains

Curtains with fabric loops (tabs) at the top edge / head.
Tab Top Curtain

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Tab top curtain on decorative rod with finial

Tab top curtain
on decorative rod with finial.

Cafe Curtain

These originated from Vienna in the 19th Century, to allow patrons to view people passing by as they dined.

Type of curtains -the Cafe Curtain

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Find out what makes up a curtain, from the Head to the Hem.

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Rod Pocket

This style of curtain has many names – Casement Curtain, Panel Curtain, Pole Top Curtain.

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Grommet Top Curtains

These are similar to tab top curtains but have metal grommets (eyelets) fixed onto the head.

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Grommet Top Curtain Information

Decorative Curtains

Rosettes

A focal point for a curtain arrangement. It can be a finishing touch for curtain headings, tiebacks, swags
Rosettes as a type of Curtain Decoration

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Grommet top curtains used here as a decorative curtain in a sheer fabric.

Grommet top curtains used here as a decorative curtain in a sheer fabric.

Curtain Lining

Curtain lining is often taken for granted. There are many types and they perform many different functions.

Types of Curtain lining

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Speciality Curtains

Tie Back Curtains

These are curtains that are designed to be gathered at the side of the window.

types of curtain - the Tie Back Curtain

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