One of our customers envisions a portiere, or a curtain hung across a doorway, in his space. He is interested in using our Kilim Noir for this effect. Wisely, he is thinking about both the front and reverse sides of our sheer cotton panels, and contacted us to find out what the reverse side looks like.
The good news is that the reverse typically looks much like the front side of the fabric! Although our textiles are block printed on only one side, the nature of our fine cotton voile fabric allows much of the color to come through to the other side. The reverse is typically 5-10% lighter than the primary side. This variation is due to the nature of hand printing – each artisan uses a different touch, may press harder or less hard on the block, etc.
Kilim Noir, the print that our customer is interested in, has a very rich reverse, which from a distance will be almost indistinguishable from the primary surface.
Below is an example of a print that comes through less dramatically, but which still shines with lots of pretty color. (This is India Rose – a sheer pink and purple sari inspired pattern).
Personally, I love the warm and textural look that a portiere brings to a space, and I can only imagine the exotic, mysterious sense that will come from Kilim Noir! Please let us see photos of the finished product – I know I’m eager to see, and I’m sure others are too!
Follow Up: We just received this correspondance from David (the customer in this piece)…
Thank you for the follow-up e-mail that I just received. I am very impressed with the quality of the swatches. So impressed that I placed an order yesterday for two Kilim Noir curtain panels. I liked the sheerness of the material, plus the particular way that the pattern appeared on both sides of the
Greatly anticipating the delivery of the curtain panels ordered. I am planning on hanging the panels in a large open doorway between two rooms, and utilizing the tiebacks. This should help put some nice separation between the kitchen-dining area and the living room, along with adding some lovely color and pattern to the décor.
Sounds like things are really coming along… Enjoy your Kilim Noir, David!