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By Verdel Bishop

Finding the perfect set of curtains is one of the most popular annual rituals when getting the house ready for Christmas. But shopping for curtains is no easy feat, especially with the plethora of popular trends to choose from these days. 

So what’s important—lining or no lining, valance or not, colour... fabric...price? Shopping for curtains is a tradition that most women (and some men) refuse to take lightly. This season, curtain aficionados are in for a treat, with a variety of fabrics and trendy designs and colours to choose from. 

The Express recently made some checks around some popular fabric stores in downtown Port of Spain to find out exactly what local buyers are looking for and what the local market has to offer, in terms of emerging curtain trends. 

Jewel tones like peacock green, teal, rich purple, magenta and cobalt blue are all wonderful choices for 2013. If you haven’t made your selections as yet when it comes to adorning your windows this season, then hopefully, there will be some information here to help you decide. 

According to one sales clerk with years of experience, when it comes to selecting curtains, there are the traditionalists and those who prefer modern trends. The traditionalist takes a simpler approach to choosing their curtains, the clerk said, and tends to stick to what they are accustomed to—neutral colours and lots of lace and floral patterns. The non-tradi­tion­­al­-

ist’s choice would be more adventurous, with panels adorned with brocade patterns and stripes, embroidery, beads and tassels, with hues of turquoise, teal, green, grey, black, orange, gold and other vibrant colours. 

Before you shop, determine which category you fall into: traditional or modern.

If you prefer the modern trends, then textural, grid-pattern panels are an option. They are available in many different colours at Mode Alive on Frederick Street in Port of Spain. Then, there are bold colours like exuberant pinks and blues, plaid and eye-catching designs in materials, including linen, faux silk, sheer and other mixed fabrics. The traditionalists will also have their fair share of choices as well. 

Sales clerk Jamela Bateau said curtains are imported from all over the world, with items from India and China being the most popular. Bateau believes most people shop for curtains based on their personal choice—which is largely based on their colour scheme—and leave out essential details like fabric quality and durability. 

“There is a trend emerging; people are looking for a pop of colour,” Bateau said. 

The Express has found most of the fabric stores in Port of Spain carry similar hues and patterns; there were lots of burgundy and greens, mixed patterns, burnt oranges and lots of sheers and curtains with valances, tassels and beads. There are few stores that have set themselves apart, with a wider variety of patterns and quality fabrics. 

The Bridal and Curtain Shoppe on Frederick Street in Port of Spain is a curtain paradise if you are looking for variety and quality. This particular store has a plethora of designs, with a myriad of colours and styles—rich jewel tones, opulent gold-toned curtains and other elegant hues in Scotchguard and silk sheers—to choose from. 

Lorette Tannous, who has been in the business for over 50 years, knows exactly what her customers like. Her curtains are imported from Europe. 

“Customers are looking for classic designs and fabric, embroidered taffetas, Scotchguards, silk sheers. They are looking for teal, burnt orange, creams and gold, and silver and grey,” Tannous said. 

She said there is no need to buy curtains every year, once you opt for quality fabric. 

“You shouldn’t buy curtains every year. There is no need for that. Why buy curtains every year? Once you have selected quality fabric, you could use your drapes for at least up to five years,” Tannous said.

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