Q: Your curtains come in "Ivory"; what exactly is this?
A: Ivory is an off-white. It's not as dark as ecru, but appears white until you put it next to a bleached white, and then its delicate subtleties appear. Our curtains are 100% cotton, and can be tea-dyed to darker shades.
Ask Dan Cooper
Do you have questions about measuring, installation or which pattern is best for you? We encourage you to contact Dan Cooper directly by telephone at 413-218-5785 or email him at lace "at" cooperlace dotcom. If available, he will accept calls on evenings and weekends. All emails will be responded to within 24 hours, but typically within 2-3 hours.
Measuring: There's no exact formula for determining which the correct measurement of length and width is when buying lace curtains, but one can usually divide their selection into one of two eras: the 19th century or the 20th century.
In the 19th century (Federal, Greek Revival, Early-Mid Victorian and some Colonial Revival), window treatments were "fuller" with more gathering. Typically, the ratio of lace was 1½ to 2 times the width of the window opening. Lace curtain patterns of ours that work best with this amount of fullness are the Grecian Panel, The Eastlake Panel, Cherwell and even the Hunter Rose lace curtain in some instances. 19th century lace panels often hung well below the window sill, sometimes even pooling onto the floor, but usually they terminated near or on the baseboard.
20th century (Mission, Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern) window treatments were hung much "flatter" with less gathering; the lace ratio in this instance was no more that 1½ times, and preferably 1 to 1¼ times lace to glass. Our panels that look best in this treatment are Hunter Rose, Glen's Edge, Gingko Leaf, Pine Cone, Prairie Sumac, Art Deco and Old Colony. The preferred length for this era is just touching the window sill, which lends a much crisper, modern appearance to the window treatment. Our seamstress will custom shorten any curtains (from the top, so as not to cut into the decorative border) for only $7.50/panel. She will keep the rod pocket and header, or just the rod pocket, if you wish. Please specify which you would prefer.
If you are undecided which pattern and its respective length and width look best in your home, please request a loaner or two, and we'll send them out straight away.
The simplest and cheapest way to hang your lace curtains is with a spring-compression rod, available at most hardware stores. Choose a white one, and it will visually disappear when tucked inside the lace. If you're looking for something fancier, especially if you want to mount the curtains on the face of the woodwork, we suggest Rejuvenation, who makes a great set of inside and outside mount café rods in a variety of finishes.
As many American windows are between 25" and 30" across, you can use a 47" wide panel for full effect, or a 33" wide panel or two 20" wide panels (which actually wind up being about 38" wide together).
Still not sure what size is right for you? Just call or email; we're used to speaking with people who are standing on a step-ladder with a tape measure in one hand and the telephone in the other. We're delighted to spend as much time with you as you need, as our customer testimonials prove!
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