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Curtain, curtains, drape, draperies

Discussion in 'Scenery, Props, and Rigging' started by LekoBoy, May 29, 2009.

  1. LekoBoy

    LekoBoy Active Member

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    I know I've seen the technical distinction between each of these, but can't find it. Anyone know?
     
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    BillESC Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Curtain - A sewn material that reaches the floor from trim height.

    Curtains - Plural of the above.

    Drape - A generic term much like Kleenex

    Draperies - Again a plural.

    IMHO.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    So borders and valances are not curtains because they don't reach the floor?

    Kleenex is a brand of tissue. Drape is a brand of ...?
     
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    Clothes my ex-fiance' used to wear (OUCH!)...
     
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    Technically :
    Curtains are vertical sheets of cloth,
    Drapes are horizontally run pieces of cloth.

    Practicly the terms are interchangeable.
    Imagine a single piece of cloth that starts on the floor runs up to a drapery post or valance bx above a windowdrapes across the top of the box making a pretty, then proceeds across another drapery post and down to the floor, That would be a drape. Curtains just hang, and stop at teh top and bottom. I believe there is something I read once that said drapes just hang and curatins are movable...... Hmm I guess I better go read up.
     

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