A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light. A curtain (sometimes known as a drape, mainly in the United States) is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.
Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portieres. Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building’S window to block the passage of light, for instance at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). In this application they are also known as “draperies.” Curtains come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes, colors and patterns, and they often have their own sections within department stores while some shops are completely dedicated to selling curtains. Curtains vary according to cleanability, ultraviolet light deterioration, oil and dust retention, noise absorption, fire resistance, and life span. Curtains may be moved by hand, with cords, by press-button pads or remote-controlled computers. Measuring the curtain size needed for each window varies greatly according to the type ofcurtain needed, window size, and type and weight ofcurtain.
An adaptation ofthe curtain may be a blind or, in warmer countries, a wooden window shutter that is fixed to the outside ofthe building to provide privacy and still keep the building cool inside. Curtains are a form of window treatment, and complete the overall appearance ofthe house. Window treatment helps control the ambiance and flow of natural light into the room. The effect of drapery or curtains, is
best seen in daylight, and with proper indoor light positioning, can look attractive even at night.
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