Silk drapery panels are a luxurious choice for a window treatment as silk is considered to be one of the finest textiles in the world. It is widely revered for its softness and brilliant sheen combined with resilience and strength. Its attractive luster and drape make it very suitable for soft furnishings, especially window treatments.
Silk is very receptive to the dying process and takes color particularly well. It is one of the strongest natural fibers, although it loses around 20% of its strength when wet. It can also be weakened by exposure to sunlight and is susceptible to insect attack, especially when dirty. Silk thread is obtained from the larvae of the silkworm. The shimmering appearance of the fabric is due to the prism structure of the silk fiber, which allows the incoming light to be refracted at different angles, causing silk to have the appearance of many different colors within the fabric. This quality is one of the reasons silk fabric has been such a desirable commodity over the centuries.
Silk fabric was first used in ancient China and early examples date back as far as 3,500 BC. Silk was soon traded across Asia and because it was in such huge demand, it became a staple of pre-industrial international trade. Over time, the silk trade expanded extensively, reaching as far as Europe and North Africa, and the major trade routes became known as the Silk Road.
A silk drapery panel is an excellent choice for a formal decorative scheme, whether in a home, hotel, or similar. The natural beauty and luster of silk acts as a perfect backdrop to any room and silk drapes can provide years of classic beauty as long as they are looked after correctly. Because they are so receptive to the color process, it is very easy to find silk fabric that will match your existing décor exactly. Once you have sourced some suitable fabric, you can arrange to have drapes custom made to your exact requirements. For standard window sizes, you will also be able to buy ready-made silk drapes from many retailers, both online and on the high street.
Faux silk drapery panels are made from a synthetic mix of fibers designed to offer very similar qualities to natural silk. The fabric has a soft, luxurious feel that creates beautiful color shades in the right lighting, yet is more economical than genuine silk. They are ideal if you are shopping on a budget but still want a quality curtain. They are made in many different contemporary styles and are ideal for creating a modern look in any room, but are particularly popular for living rooms and dining rooms due to their classic style.
Dupioni silk drapery panels are made from 100% hand woven silk fabric, but with a more textured finish. Like other silk curtains, they are available in a variety of different colors to suit your decorative scheme. Ideally they should be hung with linings to protect the silk from the sun. A lining will also add extra fulsomeness to the drapery panels, which makes them appear even more luxurious.