We have a variety of curtain fabrics to choose from, each with different properties, which means some certain materials are better for the job than others. Not only because of their aesthetic appearance but also because of the technical issues your windows may have. Below are some curtain fabrics for your reference.
Cotton fabrics, whether 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blends are the most common and versatile fabrics for any window. They tend to be lighter than others, so they should always be lined when used for curtains or blinds. Not only does the lining help the curtains hang better, but it also ensures they last longer because it protects the fabric from sun damage. If this is a big problem for you, then we recommend a blackout liner as it is thicker and will best protect your curtain material from sun damage.
If you are looking for a casual style that is not too formal or traditional, linen fabrics are perfect. Linen can vary in weight from light to heavy but is generally always prone to wrinkling. Linen fabrics often have pronounced thick knots, which occur naturally and add to the flax character. They're great for shabby chic styles, and they're also ideal if you want some light into the room, while also covering windows for privacy. Like natural fibers, they decay faster in the sun than man-made fibers, so keep that in mind if used on windows.
Wool is often considered an upholstery fabric, but it is ideal for curtains and upholstery. The popularity of wool material has increased rapidly over the past decade as it is a renewable natural fabric. Perfect for creating a warm and inviting look, it works well with highland styles, especially when choosing a wool plaid fabric. Its thermal properties ensure that wool curtains are ideal for insulation, and if the fabric is 100% wool then it is inherently flame retardant so it can be used for contract work. Like flax, it's a natural fiber, so watch out for sun and insect damage.
Silk fabrics tend to be more expensive, but when used as curtain fabrics, they look amazing and the style is amazing. The range of rayon is steadily increasing, and if you like the look of silk but don't like the price tag, they are a great and more affordable option. Lining any silk or rayon curtains is essential, as they are thin, lightweight fabrics that can wrinkle if not cared for. We recommend using high-quality interlining to make silk curtains look fuller and more luxurious on your windows.
Velvet fabrics can be made from natural and man-made fibers, both of which create rich and luxurious fabrics. Styles of velvet vary from shredded velvet to chenille, but most can be used for curtains and roman shades. Check availability often to make sure it can be used as curtain material. Velvet fabric is heavy, so make sure your curtain rails or rods can support heavier curtains. Since this fabric is thicker, keep in mind that it will not stack as small as other thinner fabrics, so if space is an issue on either side of the window. You may find that a lighter-weight fabric is a better choice.