Throughout the ages, we have always looked to other countries and cultures for inspiration, apart from the Ancient Egyptians who seem to be the ones who came with the whole concept of curtains. Back in 3000BC, they hung animal hides across doorways for privacy, to keep out light and to keep in warmth. According to historians, these early curtains gradually developed and they began using fabrics like linen, wool and cotton.
The 18th and 19th century is really when curtains came into their own, particularly in Europe, when luxury and opulence became commonplace in stately homes. Inspired by the French and Italian style of the time, lavish silks and velvets in purples, reds and golds were ornately embellished and hung with pride as bed canopies and drapes in large rooms with oversized windows. Click here for inspo on Curtains as Canopies
By the end of the 19th century, curtains were accessible to the masses. By the Second World War, the need for blackout curtains or blinds meant that curtains + blinds were now a household necessity. Since then, it has become the norm to hang curtains or blinds but we still look to other cultures for inspiration. Read on to discover our favourites.