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Use of Drapery Medallions

Use of Drapery Medallions

Window treatments, if created correctly, can bring life to even the drabbest of spaces.  While a beginner DIY home designer may be happy with a curtain that coordinates with a rooms decor on a fashionable rod, professional interior designers strive to create unique window treatments that include decorative hardware such as drapery medallions which are commonly called drapery rosettes or drapery holdbacks.

Drapery medallions perform a variety of functions in creating an attractive window treatment for your home.  A drapery rosettes main function is to hold back or tie back the curtain panel.  Medallions are also commonly used to hang curtains or swags in small or awkward areas that will not allow for a traditional curtain rod to be hung.

Drapery rosettes date back to the mid Victorian era (1850-1870). They were originally created as a “curtain pin” or holdback.  The first drapery medallions had large heads and thick stalks and were used more for functionality than decoration.  By the late Victorian age (1870-1900) window treatments began to grow more elaborate and the drapery medallion began to evolve from a tool to a decoration.  In these early days of drapery medallions, tiebacks were generally created in brass and a handful of designs including scrollwork or floral.

Since their creation the selection of drapery medallions available has grown greatly.   Medallions are generally created in a variety of designs from simplistic to ornate which allow for integration into any type of design plan.  In addition to design selection, medallions come in an array of shapes and sizes.  Metropolis Iron provides a vast selection of drapery medallions along with custom designed, one of a kind drapery holdbacks.

Multiple Sizes of Drapery Medallions

Multiple Sizes of Drapery Medallions

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