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Satin Curtains

Satin is a heavenly fabric to look at and touch. It tends to be used for special things, like wedding dresses and baby clothes. Since the satin is used for special things having satin curtains would say the room you use them in is special. The people using that room will feel special too.

Satin curtains give an air of luxury and brightness to a room. Satin curtains invite sensually indulgent touching, and make visitors feel very special like a bride or a baby. Satin curtains are typically used in bedrooms and nurseries, and may be found in the private rooms of coddled little girls. Satin curtains are rarely found in kitchens, bathrooms, male dens, boys' bedrooms, or family rooms. Satin curtains are considered too delicate for such environments.

What gives satin curtains their special texture is the weave of the cloth. Satin weaving is a warp-dominated technique in which interlacings with the weft or woof yarns of the weave are minimized. A high percentage of warp yarn is exposed on the top side of the cloth, giving it a shiny appearance and extremely smooth texture. The back side of satin curtains shows mostly coarser weft or woof yarn, which lend strength to the cloth.

Satin curtains woven using warps of low-twist, long filament yarns such as silk, nylon, polyester, or acetate are true satins. When highly twisted, short filament yarns such as cotton or wool are used as the warp in a satin weave, the resulting cloth is called sateen. There are three main types of satin cloth.

  1. Crepeback satin uses highly twisted (crepe) yarns in the woof or weft, and smooth low-twist yarns in the warp.
  2. Antique satin uses "slub" (yarns with thick and thin areas) in the warp.
  3. Duchesse satin uses very thin yarns, yielding a high yarn count per inch and a crisp texture. This is the stuff of bridal gowns and the most luxurious, shiniest satin curtains. It provides excellent body without much weight.

Within these general categories, there are dozens of satin types devoted to particular looks or uses, i. e., tricot satin for lingerie, ballerina slipper satin, baroque satin for theatrical costumes, etc. Some bed linens and inexpensive curtains use a polyester knit fabric called "knit satin", which is impossible because satin is a weave not a knit. This cloth is shiny like satin but does not feel nearly as smooth. However, it is cheap and glossy.

Synthetic fibers used in satin curtains are typically rayon and acetate, forming the warp and weft respectively. Synthetic satin curtains are often 60 per cent rayon and 40 per cent acetate. Synthetic satin curtains are relatively inexpensive and stain-resistant.

But nothing feels or looks quite like silk satin, often called the queen of fabrics. Made from the cocoons of moths, silk is unique among yarns because its translucent fibers have a triangular cross-section. The three sides refract light like prism, splitting it into a rainbow of shimmering colors. Most silk comes from the mulberry silkworm (Bombyx Mori) which is cultivated in captivity. Rare "wild silk" or tasar comes from caterpillars that cannot be kept in captivity. Wild silk is much more expensive due to the difficulty of collecting cocoons in nature.

Satin curtains come in many materials and price ranges. All are machine washable even precious silk. Nothing beats satin curtains for that special glow and "spoiled" feeling.

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