The Tale of Curtains: How It All Began

The Tale of Curtains: How It All Began

Do you need privacy from your neighbor’s stalking stare through the windows? Or are the sun’s warm, blinding rays raising the temperature in your high-rise floor flat? After a tiring day at work, do you need the extra help at night to aid a deep sleep? Unknowingly we rely so much on that humble cloth for a lot of energy, mood, and partitions in your space! But wait, what if they never existed? Would our lives still be the same? We doubt that, too.

Curtains are more than just a piece of fabric hanging in your home. They are a requisite part of home decor that adds character, texture whilst imitating your style. With our designs, we at India Circus are trying to redefine the ideology behind using curtains at your home. Curtains serve as a means of insulation and regulation that plays an essential role in the overall aesthetics of a room. The sole purpose of a curtain ‘to prevent the appearance of something’, has been evolving day after day.

Curtains have been used since ancient times, only, not like today. Like in current times, curtains were first used in the great Eastern Civilizations, such as China, India, Egypt, and Arabia, who were also pioneers in cotton, wool, and silk production.

With little visual documentary evidence, it would be reasonable to imagine that as of the 6th and 7th century BC, animal hides and barks were most commonly used. These were meant for privacy and warmth before the wondrous world of textiles saw its glory days. From dividers to window hangings, curtains have come a long way. In the Middle Ages, windows were made of small glass panels or woods that protected the privacy of those indoors. Thus, curtains were famously used either as room dividers or to cover openings. As the windows in the home widened, having larger single sheet glasses, the need for curtains arose as window hangings.

In the Renaissance Period, affluent families began the use of drapes and curtains for more than just functional use. They were used as decorative items that further became style statements. French and Italian decorators choose short curtains of elegant patterns with rich borders, ones that caught the eye! After which, the Baroque period saw the Industrial revolution mushrooming. The 17th century introduced the silk taffeta lamp; linen double curtains in French and Italian styles that were suspended from a cornice with rings. The cornice was famously used, then on. By the Rococo period, the types of fabrics increased and were bought from India, a country that was a mass producer of textiles.

India has always been known for their master weavers and craftsmen that produced fine curtains in silk and linen. The period of British India saw the popularity of curtains. Apart from the printed and woven style, women joyously passed their time making embroidery on them. With breath-taking overlays and elated lavishness, our design director Krsnaa Mehta interprets the Mughal to feel with his designs. The assortment is enlivened by rich Indian visuals and consolidates ground-breaking contemporary components. Encouraging a feeling of visuals and geometricity reaches, this assortment insinuates balance and equilibrium to eventually make a strong synthesis.

Today, there are so many factors that need to be considered before choosing the right fabric – the style, functionality or decoration of your abode. Curtains can either make or break a room! The material of the curtain would dictate the longevity or its functioning hence making the fabric an essential part of choosing curtains wisely. From faux silk to linen and velvet, these types of curtains not only add the oomph factor but also help in controlling the temperature of the room. Cotton has been the most favorite choice of material for curtains. Not only do they help prolong their life but also are the most suitable for weather such as India’s. The house of India Circus aims at making one’s personal space contemporary and chic. Their home décor adds life to the room making a perfect impression. Keeping close to the touch of the Indian essence, the range of curtains at India Circus has a mix of styles, patterns, and colors that make an abode inviting.

Why wait? It’s time to not sit and choose curtains just for coverings but to let your interiors evolve and indulge in the beauty…bringing life and color into your space!

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