A well chosen curtain rod can set off the mood of a room beautifully, and today’s ranges of traditionally styled poles and finials mean you can create dramatic window styles with the minimum of fuss.
Simple iron curtain rods were originally used in Elizabethan times to hang drapes over a bed, with iron rings sewn to the fabric so that the drapes cold be drawn. During the restoration period, these hangings were put to new use at windows, and became a decorative feature of the more modest home that could not afford the fashion of the day for elaborate curtain pelmets.
At the end of the 18th century, French rods were introduced which allowed the curtains to overlap when drawn. The regency period saw the blossoming of this style, as designers used simple curtain rods with large, ornamental wooden or metal rings and decorative finials to create a romantic look.
Choose from poles made of gleaming brass or polished wood, decorated with decoupage or cast in wrought iron. Decorative finials will complete the picture of an elegant window dressed in period style.