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Allover
A fabric with an allover pattern. Curtain jargon for a pattern that is spread evenly over the overall surface of the material.

Batiste
A fine, often densely woven curtain fabric, usually made of cotton, linen, half-linen or blended yarns.

Burn out (Devoré)
Type of pattern for curtains where the pattern is achieved using a time-consuming burn out process. This takes advantage of the different chemical behaviour of various natural and synthetic fibres. Mixed fabrics/knitted fabrics made of polyester/cellulose are mainly used to produce burn out curtain fabrics. The see-through pattern, which later appears transparent, is achieved by applying corrosive liquids or protective chemicals. These burn out the cellulose content of the fabric while the resistant chemical fibre remains unchanged. The durability and care properties of the base fabric remain fully intact during this process. This technique makes it possible to achieve attractive, large-scale break through effects that create a particularly impressive effect when used to decorate large window spaces. The knit piece produced using the burn out technique is fine and easy to decorate.

Calender
From the French ‘calandre’. A machine with a number of vertically-arranged rollers, which are often heated and counter-rotating, used to flatten or emboss leather, fabric and paper. Also called an embossing calender.

Chenille
Chenille is a fabric where a caterpillar-like yarn with protruding thread ends is used for the weft. In terms of look and feel, chenille is similar to velvet: It is durable, warming, usually opaque and mainly used as a decorative fabric. For floor-to-ceiling decorations, chenille is processed in such a way that the weft thread runs vertically. This influences the way the folds hang, giving it a subtle Velcro effect. Chenille helps reduce energy costs and improves a room’s acoustics.

Coordinates
Home and household textiles where the colour and pattern match perfectly; often purchased as sets.

Cordon
ADO Cordon® string curtain. Curtain made using (machine) crocheted yarns where the individual threads hand down loosely. It can be cut to the desired measurements. Used in professional spheres at trade fairs or in exhibition spaces. Also suitable as a room partition.

Crash
A fully synthetic material that produces the desired wrinkled effect upon shrinking/pressing and thermal fixing or following chemical treatment. It is best not to use weight tape if you have a strong crash effect. Do not iron!

Curtains
Collective term for fabrics for window decoration. Compared with decorative fabrics, curtains are transparent and ensure pleasant light conditions in the room. There are many different production and pattern techniques for curtains. The majority of curtains are produced with synthetic fibres (polyester fibres) and generally have the following properties:

  • High strength
  • High dimensional stability
  • Low maintenance (easy and quick to clean, short drying time, drip-dry)
  • High light fastness (level of brightness remains unchanged, even under intense sunlight)
  • Highly resistant to UV radiation

Decoration
How a room is decorated in terms of windows, walls and floor. There are no rules. It always depends on the space at hand and the personal taste of the occupant.

Decorative fabric
Collective term for all curtain and wall covering fabrics used to design, decorate and adorn rooms.

Design
In fabric manufacture, this also refers to the work of the designer, which includes designing patterns appropriate for the material and applying them to the fabric using various production techniques.

Drapery
A window decoration that consists of curtain and/or decorative fabric.