Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lace Curtains for the Classical Interior

I've been selling historic lace curtains for roughly 19 years now, and one of the most common requests I've received is for lace panels and sheers that are appropriate for homes built before 1860. Here's the dilemma; machine-made lace curtains weren't yet available in the 18th and early 19th centuries. My clients who owned Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival Houses (along with some Second Empire and Italianates) had to make do with later Victorian lace curtains, but they felt that they were compromising their interior design.

Realizing this, and wishing to expand Cooper's Cottage Lace's line of lace curtain panels beyond the 1880-1920 range, I approached Steve Bauer of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers to design several lace panels for me, including one based on the hugely popular Neo-Grec Roomset. Steve presented me with a design that we've called the Grecian Panel and Grecian Sidelight, and they've been a huge success.

The Grecian Sidelights, which are 20" wide, have fulfilled a need for all of those early houses that have narrow sidelight windows where the homeowners wanted privacy but also desired that daylight illuminate their hallways. The Grecian Panels themselves are grand, yet intricate lace curtains that accentuate that huge Empire Sofa you've just purchased like no other lace curtain panel available.

We've woven these 100% cotton panels, in lengths up to 90" long, although we can custom-weave any length, upon request. Our seamstress will also shorten them to whatever length you'd like. As mentioned, the sidelights are 20" wide, while the Grecian Panels are 47" wide. You can find out more about the Grecian Panels and our many other patterns at:

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