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What Is The Difference Between Curtains And Draperies?

Is there a difference? It depends on who you ask.

According to Wikipedia there is no difference between curtains and draperies although the term drapery is primarily used in the United States.

As I was coming up in the window treatment business I was always taught that draperies are custom made by an interior designer or their workroom. I was also taught that curtains are the semi-custom or ready-made products you purchase “off the shelf” or out of a catalog. But I’ve also heard that draperies are stationary and can not be closed, while curtains are functional (like shower curtains, or stage curtains at a theater) and can be opened and closed.

Of course if you “Google it” you will probably come back with half a dozen different answers along with a couple dozen links to stores trying to sell you drapes, uh, I mean curtains, uh, I mean, well you get the idea.


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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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