Textiles IV

Curtain lining is the fabric that attaches to the back of a curtain whilst interlining provides an extra layer of fabric between the front of the curtain and the lining. Using lining and interlining will give you a neater, more structured appearance and a full drapery to your window treatments. Most lining and interlinings also have thermal properties so are energy efficient as they prevent draughts and lessen heat loss.

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BUCKRAM

A stiff material made from either natural cotton or linen fibres, or synthetic ones such as polyester that is utilised in window treatments to help ‘hold’ the shape. The cotton is soaked in pyroxylin that fills in the gaps amongst the cotton weave. Buckram is used as lining and interlining in curtains, blinds and drapery headings to create a more defined shape such as a pleated style (goblet, pinch etc).

COTTON SATEEN

Constructed from cotton yarns, it is a satin weave made using spun yarns with the threads on one side of the fabric giving is a smooth silky look. Often used as lining in window treatments as upholstery and curtain lining.

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BUMP

A cotton fibre that is brushed on both sides (double napped) that adds a thicker density and weight. The extra thickness to the fabric makes it wrinkle free, it has better sound and thermal insulation and for these reasons is often used as interlining curtain or upholstery lining.

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BLACKOUT

A tightly woven and dense lining fabric that is made from a cotton and polyester blend that is coated in an acrylic ‘foam’ layer to assist in its thermal, sound and visual protection. Blackout is used in window treatments as curtains or blinds to help block out outside light and noise, utilised in media rooms or bedrooms –  in fact blackout is considered a necessity these days within hospitality.

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DOMETTE

Constructed from unbleached 100% cotton fibres that adds extra body and weight to lighter delicate curtain fabrics and acts as window treatment lining. Often seen with traditional roman blinds to assist with the draping and folding quality and helps reduce outside light.