LACE CURTAINS – POLYESTER OR COTTON – WHICH TO CHOOSE
Lace Curtains are woven or knitted on looms using either Cotton or Polyester. The background and history of the methods used in the production is very interesting. Both Polyester and Cotton are durable yarns that have differing advantages. These characteristics of each will surely affect your decision on which of the two choices to consider. On our site we offer Heritage lace curtains which are 100% Polyester. The Heritage brand is the only lace curtain manufacturer of either material that are made in the U.S.A. Our Nottingham lace curtains are woven from Cotton on 100 year old looms and imported from Scotland. Please remember that both are excellent choices but for different reasons. We have also combined both lace curtain categories on one page to more easily compare designs.
COTTON LACE CURTAINS
Cotton lace curtains have a more natural feel or have a natural hand which
is the way it is described in the trade. Cotton is durable but more susceptible to wear and tear and sun damage than Polyester. It is a natural fiber free of chemicals and is hypoallergenic. Because they are made of cotton they are more expensive. There are several important features that cotton brings to curtains that should be considered. A Lace Curtain made of Cotton does have a softer overall warm look. If you wish to change the color cotton takes dye very well. That may be an advantage when staining is involved. They can also be bleached. This material irons well and can withstand heat. There are many more traditional patterns available in Cotton. One disadvantage is that a Cotton lace curtain, after hand washing, can shrink or lengthen up to 3% after washing and reshaping. The Nottingham lace curtains we offer do contain a 5% vertical inclusion of Polyester to stabilize and minimize that effect. Ironing to reshape can improve the shrinkage.
POLYESTER LACE CURTAINS
A Lace Curtain created from Polyester has it’s fans as well. Polyester does have some advantages when considering its use for lace curtains and lace draperies in your home. Using Polyester will make curtains more stable. They wash well and resist wrinkling and shrinking. They do well when using cool to warm water in a gentle cycle. For the best results rehang immediately after the spin cycle is completed. Polyester material requires little or no ironing. Another advantage is that Polyester is resistant to mildew which makes it ideal to use for shower curtains and bathroom tiers and valances. Generally curtains made from Polyester, a derivative of petroleum, are less expensive. One disadvantage of using this material is that it tends to flare and is a little more difficult to arrange in pleats. Another disadvantage is that you have to use a somewhat difficult to use special dye if you wish to change colors.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
We have customers that are fans of one or the other, some for cotton lace curtains, some for polyester. We only carry the finest quality of both. You will have to make the final call on which to use. I hope this will be of some help when making your decision to order lace window coverings. Be sure to see our many other suggestions on decorating or sewing. Be sure to visit the one section that shows every Lace Curtain, be it Polyester or Cotton.
YOUR DECISION – WE HOPE WE HAVE HELP