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Curtains: An Introduction

A curtain is a lightweight, unlined swathe of fabric that’s hung from a rod in some fashion. They come in a variety of fabrics and run the gamut from more traditional to whimsical.

There are several ways that curtains can be attached to a rod. Each variation gives a different look and suggests a subtly different decorating mood.

Rod Pocket

A rod-pocket configuration has a fabric pocket along the top of the curtain that the rod slides into. This is the most traditional way to hang curtains.

Tab Top

Tab top curtains have fabric loops, or tabs, sewn along the top of the curtain where the rod goes. Tab tops can be opened and closed easily by hand and work very well in casual settings.

Tie Top

A variation on the tab top, tie top curtains have loops for the rod that are formed when you tie the fabric's ties together. These work well in a casual décor where you want a soft, easy feeling.

Ring Top

Curtains can be hung from decorative rings that clip onto the curtain. This look allows the drapery rod to show and gives a very contemporary look.

Grommet Top

These panels have large grommet rings along the top, which the drapery rod is slipped through. This creates broad pleats in the curtains and gives a fresh, very modern look.
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