Lace curtains: now there’s a tricky subject!
They can certainly bring to mind old, yellowed, why-don’t-you-take-them-down kind of curtains (usually seen in, dare I say, Grandmother’s house?). We were in an antique shop up in Vermont last summer where the owner had hung old, and I mean VERY old, lace curtains at some of the windows, and they were for sale. Well, these were really disgusting. They smelled of mildew; they were yellowed in a not so nice antique sort of way; the seams were totally frayed; and WHY anyone would actually pay for these was beyond me!
Then, we have the wonderful lace curtains you see in France! Ah yes: delicate, airy, often just covering the lower half of the window, held by adorable delicate rods that are often the kind that swing out. These are made in the true “atelier de dentelle” tradition. Does anyone remember the catalog “Rue de France”? I discovered it years back at the start of my Francophile-ness…. it went out of business about five years ago, but they carried a line of real French lace curtains. I had some and, thinking they would be a available again, had given away two sets when I redid our bay window.
I’ve been looking ever since! At BHV in Paris last September I saw oh so many […]