Different Types of Silk Curtains

Updated on April 24, 2019
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Believe it or not, silk is the ideal fabric for curtains. Although some silks have a delicate appearance they're surprisingly long lasting and durable fabric for window treatments if cared for properly. It is a natural textile that comes in a variety of weights and textures making it a versatile choice for any application.

Heavier weights are great for privacy and lightweight silks are perfect breezy sheers. Depending on the type of silk you choose these classic curtains look right at home in both casual and elegant spaces.

Taffeta

Once reserved for ball gowns and wedding dresses taffeta is becoming a popular fabric option for high-end curtains. While this type of silk can either be yarn or piece-dyed, most taffeta curtain panels are yarn-dyed resulting in a smooth, full and crisp texture.

Sumptuous taffeta curtains have a distinctive sheen and hand that can’t be duplicated even with synthetic fabrics. Dramatic taffeta curtains often include fancy pleats and decorative headings to turn up the drama

Taffeta curtains have the look of a formal ballgown.
Taffeta curtains have the look of a formal ballgown. | Source

Dupioni

Most of us are familiar with silk dupioni. Unlike fancy taffeta it has a subtle sheen and a slightly rough texture. It is woven from double-thread silk produced by two silkworms that spin a cocoon together, which makes a strong silk filament.

This makes for a coarse yarn and creates irregular slubs and dark specs giving the finished fabric a more natural appearance. These irregularities are inherent in silk dupioni and are considered part of the fabric’s intrinsic beauty.

Dupioni curtains has a nice sheen with slubs that give it a textural appearance.
Dupioni curtains has a nice sheen with slubs that give it a textural appearance. | Source

Organza

Luxurious silk organza is typically manufactured with pure silk fibers creating a lightweight sheer that is substantial enough to add a sense of privacy to your rooms. Woven from twisted silk filaments organza has a firm feel and an even smooth texture. Organza curtain panels can be used on their own or to create an overlay with translucent lining for a multi-dimensional effect. For a layered look install a double rod and hang organza curtains under light-blocking panels.

Silk organza is lightweight and has a crisp hand that creates a structured form for curtains.
Silk organza is lightweight and has a crisp hand that creates a structured form for curtains. | Source

Raw Silk

Raw silk is woven from short fibers giving its trademark nubby, rough texture. Raw silk has an off-white color and is similar in appearance to organic cotton. Curtains made from raw silk hang and drape better than cotton panels and even resist wrinkles. When compared to other silks, its irregular color and texture has a casual organic style and lacks the sheen of fancy silks.

Raw silk adds an organic look and feel.
Raw silk adds an organic look and feel. | Source

Chiffon

Billowy silk chiffon is the perfect choice for window scarves and swag toppers. This plain weave silk contains highly twisted yarns resulting in a soft, gauzy fabric. Its diaphanous nature allows sunlight to pass through but still provide a little privacy during the day. Twist and drape chiffon scarves over and around curtain rods, corbels or medallions for a window treatment full of movement.

Chiffon curtains are perfect for a romantic bedroom.
Chiffon curtains are perfect for a romantic bedroom. | Source

Things When Buying Silk Curtains

Silk curtains create an elegant look by adding a rich texture and effortless style. However, you need to know their characteristics, how they suit your rooms and learn to care for these captivating fabrics.

  • This fabric tends to wrinkle easily.
  • Silk has a beautiful radiance that gives your home a timeless air.
  • They need to be professionally dry cleaned.
  • Silk curtains are weightier than synthetic fabrics and drape nicely.
  • In high humidity silk often absorbs moisture which can cause mildew.
  • Sheer silks offer a romantic look that is perfect for bedrooms.
  • Sumptuous silk curtains are pricey but they're definitely worth the quality.
  • Extra long silk curtains create a luxurious, lived-in appearance by puddling them onto the floor.
  • Protect your silk curtains by using window shades or lining due to susceptible to sun rot.
  • Silk curtains add softness, texture and visual interest to a room.
  • If the curtain somehow gets a stain, immediately blot it with a clean, soft cotton rag to draw out much of the stain as possible.

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      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        3 weeks ago from Arizona

        Eman, I also enjoy using for silk home interior textiles.

      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        3 weeks ago from Arizona

        Dianna, silk curtains does give the space an elegant appearance.

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        Eman Abdallah Kamel 

        3 weeks ago from Egypt

        I love silk and all natural fabrics. A very helpful article.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        3 weeks ago

        I love silk and decorating with the fabric would add a touch of elegance to my home.

      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        4 weeks ago from Arizona

        Liz, I had a curtain store in southern California over 10 years ago and had silk curtains that were very popular.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 weeks ago from UK

        I had not realised that there were so many varieties of silk for curtains.

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