So often we are asked to produce curtains that are exquisitely pristine, both in terms of their crease-less folds, and beautifully crisp pleats. And you can understand why, because hand made, lined and interlined curtains in fabrics ranging from £60 to £150 per metre are expensive, and so our clients expect perfection for their money.
So it’s strangely challenging when the brief is to produce curtains that have an informal, almost aged elegance, as we were recently asked to do for our interior design client at a large Cotswolds country house that was undergoing substantial restorative refurbishment.
We achieved the look by only partially sewing each pleat together at the back, and leaving it open at it’s base, rather like you would do with a cartridge pleat heading.
The curtains were interlined with a heavy weight, pre-shrunk bump interlining to create an opulent feel, and hung from recycled antique brass picture rails that we brought back to life with new acorn finials and bespoke brackets.
The combination of informal pleats and the heavy interlining creates an understated, informal elegance that blends seamlessly with the rest of the antique furniture in the room.