Throughout history, different eras have created a variety of decorative styles due to their different cultural backgrounds and aesthetics, and curtains have also followed art and culture to keep pace with the times, reflecting people's pursuit and interpretation of "beauty" in various eras.
The history of curtains passed in a low-key way in the history of China, but it shined brilliantly in the history of the West. Probably because of the difference between architecture and living habits, curtains have become an important decoration in Western life, compared with the role of curtains as a supporting role in Chinese life. The history of removing curtains as non-window forms such as door curtains, the time when they were actually applied to windows began in the Middle Ages.
In the Middle Ages, the windows of ancient castle buildings were few and small, glass had not yet been invented, and the windows were basically made of wooden shutters with crosspieces. In the cold season, people hang thick tapestries or curtains inside the windows. These were the first curtains, and their main function was to keep warm.
The glassmaking process was perfected in Italy in the 13th century. Although it was not enough to make it big and strong at first, it undoubtedly provided the possibility for the evolution of windows, and the function of curtains began to change.
During the Renaissance, some windows were designed as a combination of small panes with metal grilles and inlaid glass. At this time, the appearance of glass basically solved the heat preservation needs of the room, and the heat preservation function of curtains was weakened. But the properties of glass also allowed people to discover new functions for curtains: to prevent prying eyes, to block out light, and to beautify a room. This basically forms the functional requirements of modern curtains.
Around 1840, a large number of mechanized textile production began to replace time-consuming and inefficient manual labor. The price of textiles has been greatly reduced, and the speed and scale of the evolution of curtains to fashion have been promoted. In the Victorian era, through the joint efforts of fabric merchants, decoration designers and architects, curtains finally became "pure" curtains. "Lace" sheer curtain has become the love of every family in this era.
Increases in productivity in the 19th century prospered, resulting in a nearly doubling of the population in the West and denser towns and housing. With the rise of neoclassical architectural style, curtains tend to be more refined and gorgeous! Life has improved, and people have more requirements for the color and style of curtain decoration. The widespread use of artificial pigments during this period increased the color of the curtains, and also improved the decorative effect of the curtains in the home, which was welcomed and loved by people, so many bold curtain designs appeared.
As far as the whole decoration is concerned, curtains are like human eyes, which need delicate depiction and decoration.
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