One of the most common drapery fabrics sold. Characterized by a lustrous effect and normally composed of rayon/acetate blends.
A bed size that measures 74″W x 86″L. This style is popular on the West Coast of the United States. The additional size comes in the length, creating a rectangular shape rather than the square shape of a standard king (Eastern King). Find a mattress set.
A soft, warm wool derived from the fine, downy underfleece of the Cashmere (or Kashmir) goat, which lives on the high plateaus of Asia. The fibers that are spun into cashmere yarn are combed from the goat during its natural molting cycle in the spring
From the French word for “caterpillar.” A fuzzy yarn with pile on all sides, which produces a soft, nubbly woven or knit fabric.
A decorative top cover for a bed.
From the Greek for ice, crystal is a term for a clear, colorless glass made with lead oxide, which gives it a high refraction index, or brilliant sparkle.
A more sophisticated drape made from blended fabrics and styles to customer tastes. Not ready Made. Item has to be ordered
A firm, glossy jacquard-patterned fabric. Damask is similar to brocade, but flatter and reversible. It can be made from linen, cotton, rayon or silk, or a combination of fibers.
May be several items: Double hung window, double hung shutters, and double hung draperies. Two sets of draperies, usually sheer fabric under opaque fabric, both operating independently.
One of the best fills for pillows, comforters, blankets and bed toppers, down is the light, soft, fluffy undercoating from the breasts of geese and ducks. A natural fiber, down consists of clusters of light, fluffy filaments growing from quill points but without a quill shaft, such as feathers have.
A large pillowcase-like covering that fits over a duvet insert. It is open on one end, typically closed by buttons or a zipper.
Decorative fabrics for the home. Made of virtually all types of man-made fibers and blends, including glass fibers, for hanging around windows.
A cleaning method or process applied to fabrics where organic solvents are used.
A very dark wood (almost black) with a dark grain, from Africa, Madagascar, Gabon or Ceylon. Also used to describe a stained finish that is nearly black, but still transparent (as opposed to paint, which is opaque).
A freestanding open-sided shelving unit.
A simulation; for example, faux marble is a painted finish that gives the look of marble to furniture, walls or other surfaces. See also trompe l’oeil.
A decorative ball, spire or knob. Found (among other places) at the tops of bedposts, on the lids of covered dishes, at either end of a curtain rod and at the top of a lamp, where it generally screws on to hold the shade on the harp.
The surface coating of an item, which can include paint, stain, varnish, fabric treatment, etc. Wood, metal, fabric, stone and many other materials require a finish for coloring, texture, and protection from moisture.
A pillow cover with a decorative edge that is straighter and more tailored than a ruffle.
Weaving in which no knots are used and no pile is created; for example, a kilim, cicim or soumak. The weft strands are simply passed through the warp strands, and the finished rug has a smooth, flat surface.
Hand Knotted Rugs
Rugs; often Asian or Middle Eastern, made by weavers who hand knot the yarns around the warp fibers that run the length of the rug. Different rug-making regions, such as Tibet, have their own distinctive type of knot.
Refers to finished sides and bottom edges of a drapery.
A type of twill weave in which the chevron pattern alternates direction, creating a zigzag effect or the illusion of stripes.
A natural fiber, derived from the hemp plant. Used to make durable rugs, paper and even fabric.
A decorative stitch created by removing horizontal threads from woven fabric and bundling clusters of vertical threads at regular intervals. The technique creates a row of tiny openwork squares or diamonds.
A geometric pattern made up of squares with drawn-out corners that link them together. Named for the resemblance of these corners to the fangs of a dog.
A system of weaving invented in France; fabrics made on a jacquard loom have the pattern woven in. The system is used for tapestry, brocade and damask among others.
This is a product of the flax plant. Among the properties of linen are its rapid moisture absorption, natural luster and stiffness, non-fuzziness feel, and ability to not soil quickly.
Openwork wood decoration in a crisscross, diagonal or square pattern
A fabric backing for a drapery.
A Dark wood found widespread around South East Asia. The center of the tree, the heartwood, can be pinkish, light or dark brown or golden with occasional dark streaks running through it.
Appearance of a quilted weave; figured pattern with a raised, bubbly surface.
A low-gloss finish or seal.
A transparent finish that doesn’t significantly alter the original grain or color of the natural wood. Natural finishes are usually created with oils, varnishes or similar materials.
Loosely woven fabric sometimes referred to as casement that is characterized by widely spaced openings.
An overlap of a pair of draperies is the part of a drapery panel which rides the master carrier of a traverse rod and overlaps in the center when draperies are drawn. Usually 3 l/2″ on each side.
One half a pair of draperies or curtains.
The “repeat” of a pattern is the distance between any given point in a design to where that exact point is repeated again.
The plush face of the rug, created by the cut ends of the yarns.
A drapery heading where the basic pleat is divided into two or three smaller equal pleats, and then sewn together at the bottom edge on the right side of the fabric.
A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is a long-chain synthetic polymer. It is crease-resistant, quick drying and requires minimum care.
A vine-like palm plant common in the Philippines and Indonesia. The skin is typically used in caning, while the core is used to create wicker furniture and baskets.
Man-made fibers of regenerated cellulose. Originally known as artificial silk, it has high absorbency, superior strength and good draping qualities.
A hollow sleeve in the top, and sometimes the bottom, of a curtain or drapery through which a rod is inserted. The rod is then attached to a solid wall surface.
Cotton fabric loomed with fill yarns that float over warp yarns to create a smooth, satiny hand and a lustrous finish.
One of the three basic weaves, the others being plain weave and the twill weave. The surface of satin weave cloth is made up almost entirely of warp or filling floats since in the repeat of the weave each yarn of the one system passes or floats over or under all but one yarn of the opposite yarn system. Satin weaves have a host of uses – brocade, brocatelle, damask other decorative materials.
Registered trademark name for 3Ms fluoride – based grease and water stain repellent fabric finish.
Any transparent or very lightweight fabric, such as batiste and voile, of various constructions and yarns, especially man-made fiber yarns.
The only natural fiber that comes in a filament form reeled from the cocoon, cultivated or wild.
Pure silk, woven from double cocoons of the silkworm. The intertwined strands create a unique slubby texture, similar to that of linen but with silk’s rich luster.
Fiber made from the sword-shaped leaves of the Agave sisalana plant. Highly durable. Often used to make rugs and rope.
A corrosion-resistant alloy of steel and chromium. 18/10 stainless contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel, making it extra durable and highly resistant to rust and corrosion.
A popular casual style. They are easy to install, do not require any special topper treatments and are perfect on any decorative pole. They are made with 5 to 8 tabs depending on style and width. Great for a casual look. Usually made in heavier opaque fabrics but can also be found in sheers.
A fine plain weave fabric smooth on both sides, usually with a sheen on its surface.
Glass that is heated above its annealing temperature and then quickly cooled to increase its strength. Tempered glass is not unbreakable, but if it does break, it shatters into blunt, square pieces, rather than sharp shards.
The first meaning is the actual number of warp threads and filling picks per inch in any cloth that has been woven. Texture is also much used by the public and in advertising circles to mean the finish and appearance of cloth.
The actual number of warp ends and filling picks per inch in a woven cloth. Texture is another name for this term. In knitted fabric thread implies to the number of wales or ribs, and the courses per inch.
Toile (or Toile de Jouy)
A French word for cloth or fabric, it became synonymous with printed textiles created by using engraved copper rollers, a technique popularized in Jouy, France in the 18th Century. Today, “toile” has come to mean any print that mimics the original style: generally a romanticized landscape or floral, rendered in a single color, in a fine-lined style that resembles an etching or pen-and-ink drawing.
The top layer of a hide and its strongest, most durable part.
visible stitching on the right side of a garment used as a decorative, as well as functional, detail.
Triple-milled, or French-milled, soaps have a smooth and uniform texture, without impurities, and they last longer than other types of soap. After the soap formula is mixed, it is dried into crystals, then rolled (“milled”) at least three times between large stainless-steel rollers until a paste is formed. The paste is then pressed into soap molds.
Triple-Milling (also French Milling)
Soap-making method in which impurities are removed over several phases, creating a pure, hard and long-lasting bar of soap that produces a generous, creamy lather.
A usually small dressing table with a drawer and mirror for styling hair, applying makeup, etc., generally used in a bedroom, large closet or dressing room.
A thin sheet of choice wood applied, often decoratively, to the surface of wood furniture. There is archeological evidence to suggest that the Egyptians used veneers 3000-5000 years ago, but the technique was perfected by fine furniture craftsman of the 18th century, including Sheraton and Hepplewhite.
(Chain and Lead) – Lead weights are sewn in at the vertical seams and each corner of a drapery panel. Chain weights are small beads strung in a line along the bottom hemline of sheers to insure an even hemline of sheers and straight hanging.
Woven goods, including furniture and baskets, often made from the core of the rattan plant, a vine-like palm.
A word to describe a single width of fabric. Several widths of fabric are sewn together to make a panel of drapery. “Panel” is sometimes used in referring to a width of fabric
A technique for coloring textiles that involves dying the yarn prior to weaving or knitting. Yarn-dyed, woven textiles are often more fade-resistant than batch-dyed or printed textiles.