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Accordion Pleat : This is a different pleating system. This system is usually used in commercial projects and requires special hardware. Its main feature is that it stacks tightly allowing more visible window space. It should always be considered to be a very custom situation. The actual pleating can come in several forms such as: snap tape, ripple fold, accordion pleat, etc.

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Antique Satin : Factory Direct Drapes offers fabrics that are very similar to antique satin; but, are a fraction of the price. Oftentimes, the composition of our custom fabrics include luxurious rayon or a rayon blends that are very similar in appearance to “antique satins”

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Apron Height Drapes : In this situation, the draperies frame the window and hang 4 inches above the glass to 4 inches below the window sill for “apron height” (just past the window).

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Carriers : Carriers are also called glides. These are the plastic devices used to hook the draperies to the rod.

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Closed Drapes : These are drapes that cover the window completely.

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Cord Tension Pulley : It is a mechanism that keeps cords that open and close draperies neatly out of sight. Tension Pulleys keep cord ends off the floor at wide windows, prevents cord twisting, and simplifies the draw cord operation. These pulleys may be mounted on baseboards, casings, floors or even the wall.

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Crinoline : Stiffener used at top or head of drapery. Crinoline is sometimes also being referred to as buckram or stiffener. Its purpose is to give strength to the heading and shape to the pleating. This area and our attention to it is very important to the longevity of the drapery.

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Color Fabrics : Most of our color drape fabrics our monochromatic (single) colors that come in a wide variety of hues, textures, prints, and patterns.

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Color Variations : Fabric dyeing is an imperfect science. The vast majority of times, color variation in drape material is not an issue. However, infrequently as it occurs, there can be slight color variations (especially in neutral fabrics). This can occur either between bolts of fabric (as seen on one order) or when a batch or different fabric shipments occurs separately from one another. The variations are usually marginal in hue, subtleties, shading, tune and often barely detectible.

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Custom Drape Rods : These are the type of drape rods with balls, finials, or decorative end caps all attached to the ends of the rods. Oftentimes, these drape rods are offered in faux brass, wood, or antique colors.

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Custom Draperies : Custom Draperies are draperies manufactured to each customer’s specific sizes and utilizing materials made with tolerances and levels of acceptability for residential use. Oftentimes, these are lined draperies. These draperies can create an upgrade and elegant window treatment.

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End Brackets : Are the projections at the ends of the rod that attach the rod to the wall.

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Extended Coverage : Typically, extended coverage occurs when the draperies are wall to wall, ceiling to floor, or at least pull clear of the glass portion of the window for stacking in order to provide an unobstructed view.

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Fabric Bolt : This is another name for “the roll” the fabric is stored onto for warehousing. The yardage per bolt may and does frequently vary.

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Finished Length : This is the actual length of a finished drapery after the turn back of headings and hems.

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Flame Resistant : A fabric that can burn but will not support actual flame. However, the fabric does meet the standards set by fire departments for flame resistance. Many of these fabrics are inherently flame resistant; meaning the fabric fibers themselves will not sustain flames.

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Floor Height Drapes : These are drapes that are typically mounted four inches (4”) above the window casing and hang approximately one inch (1”) above the floor or carpeting.

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Floor to Ceiling Drapes : These are a customized option that provide a more elegant drapes and formal appearance. Floor to ceiling drapes are usually mounted half an inch (½”) below the ceiling (so the drape heading doesn’t drag across or hit the ceiling) to one (1”) above the floor or carpeting.

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French Pleat : This is a three pronged pleat at the top of a drapery.

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Heading : Term used to describe the top of the drapery. This is the front top face section of the drape where one finds both the crinoline and French pleats.

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Height : This measurement is always expressed second when ordering a drape. When a drape rod exists, one measures from the top center of the rod down to where you want the drapes to hang. This is the height of the drape. When no rod exists, the height is the measurement from the top center of the window casing to the bottom.

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Hooks/Pins : Drape hooks or pins are used to connect the drape to the rod. They are attached to the top back of the drape and behind the French Pleats. Factory Direct Drapes only uses heavy duty long lasting steel pleated drape hooks/pins.

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Inside Supports : Support that is mounted on the wall and attached to the inside portion of an adjustable traverse rod.

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Left Rod : Is a drapery rod that pulls the drapery and stacks to the left of the window when opened.

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Light Reduction : Outside or exterior light can be either reduced or completely eliminated by using drapes or sheers: 1) Filtered Light- if you want filtered light (i.e. allowing some light into a room) and privacy, be sure to use our “sheers”.; 2) Reduced Light- In order to effectively reduce light into your rooms, use a cloth lining attached to your drapes. By adding a cloth lining, you will greatly reduce light, increase privacy, and improve the durability of your drapes by protecting them against damaging sun of the material.

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Lining : This is an additional piece of fabric that is attached to the back of a face cloth material usually intended for greater privacy, insulation, or protection of the facecloth against sun rot.

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Master Carrier : Is the metal device attached beneath the drape to the rod that pulls the leading edges of a drapery together either to one side of the window or together in the middle. It is an elongated metal device that travels under the rod to pull the drapes across.

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Neutral Fabrics : When Factory Direct Drapes uses this term, we mean Earth tone, off white, and other light tones for drape fabrics that will blend in well with almost any color scheme.

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Neutral Fabrics Imperfections : The nature of natural fibers such as cotton and weaving imperfections methods are such that a certain number of slight imperfections can and will occasionally occur. Examples include slight slubs, nubs, and weave variations. Such imperfections are considered a normal part of the weave and fabric and should not be seen as unusual. These normal variations cannot be returned, repaired, or exchanged.

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Open Drapes : These are drapes that stack to the outside of the window leaving the glass portion of the window exposed for an unobstructed view.

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Outside Supports : These are the supports that are mounted on the wall and attached to the outside portion of an adjustable traverse rod to strengthen the rod.

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Pair : Two-way draw drapery that opens in the middle and separates to each side of the window.

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Panel : One-way draw drapery that opens from one side. Commonly used for patio or sliding doors.

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Pleating : This is the fabric doubled into narrow vertical folds as it hangs.

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Right Rod : This is a drapery rod that pulls the drapery and stacks to the right of the window when opened.

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Serge : Stitching that holds two pieces of fabric together. We use this form of stitching on seams.

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Sheers : In many instance, sheers are added beneath draperies (note: this requires a separate rod, one for the drape and one for the rod; or a double rod set up. Sheers provide filtered light into the room, complete privacy, and protect your drapes from damaging sunlight thereby allowing the drapes to last years longer.)

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Sound Reduction : Although all sound cannot be completely eliminated by drapes, outside noises can be greatly reduced and dampened by adding a cloth lining to your drapes. Additionally, the lining provides complete privacy and superior insulation against both heat and cold air.

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Stacking : This is the stacking of the fabric on either side of the window when the draperies are opened. Draperies stack on both sides of the window when they are pair draperies. Conversely, draperies only stack to one side of the window for panel draperies. Draperies stacking only to the left side of the window require a left pull rod. Draperies that stack to the right of the window need a right pull rod. Draperies that stack or extend past the glass portion of the window may be ordered as “extended coverage”.

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Standard Coverage : This is normal drape coverage of a window. In this situation, the draperies frame the window and hang 4 inches above the glass to 4 inches below the window sill for “apron height” (just past the window). They also extend 3 inches past each side of the casing in order to secure the traverse rods into wood.

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Standard Drape Rods : These are the white metal rods, non decorative, with glides or carriers for drape hooks beneath that are traditionally sold at most retail outlets. They are available both two-way (pair drapes) and one-way (panel drapes) as well as, a “double rod” set up for sheers and drapes combined together onto one mechanism.

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Tab Top Drapes : Free hanging drape with fabric tabs at the top (instead of drape hooks); these tabs slip over the drape rod. Tab top drapes can be made as “pairs” (split in the middle two way draw drapes), panels (one way draw drapes) single sheet of fabric; and/or can be pulled away from the window with “tie backs”.

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Valance : Top drapery treatment generally from 10” to 18” in length covering the drapery on a separate rod. Regarding draperies, a valance can be French pleated similar to a drapery, custom balloon type, a continental gathered valance, embassy valance, halo valance, and scarf valance.

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Width : This is the measurement of the width of either the window opening (if no rod exists) or the width across the face of the rod from tip to tip. The “width measurement” is always expressed first when ordering a drape.

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