Monday, October 15, 2012

Taffeta Curtains: Faux or Real?

As you know, we've just moved into a new home. Thus far, we do not have curtains up, yikes! In the past, I've always gone with 100% silk dupioni for our curtains. They're gorgeous and pretty affordable. However, while I was packing up the old house, I came upon my specialty ribbon stash. I love luxurious ribbon & the pretty 100% silk taffeta ribbons were always one of my favorites to use back in my wedding invitation design & assembly days. The ribbon prompted a quick google search and in no time, I'd ordered & quickly received fabric swatches. Unfortunately, I've been paralyzed ever since! I simply don't know which fabric to choose! 

Generally, I believe that the real thing is worth any extra expense it incurs. For example, pleather vs. leather... no contest. Leather wins every time. 

My dilemma:
Moving is expensive and the faux taffeta is about half the price of the 100% pure silk taffeta; and with all the curtains needing to be 108" in length, and a whole house to do, windows are getting super expensive, very fast.

The swatches are small, and it is really tough for me to imagine just how great the difference in quality will be. Will the faux taffeta look like a hideous discount wedding dress or will it pull off the look of a luxurious 100% silk designer dress? I'm at such a loss and could really use your advice! 


  1. Hi Mariah,
    You shouldn't be too scared of going with the synthetic ones. In our bedroom I have 100% polyester taffeta curtains and they look great. The difference most often comes from the actual sewing. Mine I had done with simple folds on the top, they are doubled (this makes a big difference) + I have a 6cm wide contrasting grosgrain ribbon sewn about 10 cm from the edge. Our bedroom is upcoming in my house tour so keep an eye on my blog to see some pictures. Corinne

    1. Hi Corinne! Thank you so much for your input. I can't wait to see your bedroom tour! When you say that they are doubled, do you mean that the curtains are double width or are you talking about the pleats? Thank you so much for sharing your insight!

    2. Cathy Rispoli ( 30, 2018 at 7:21 PM

      Mariah, I love the drapes in this pic. I am also contemplating fabric for my bedroom drapes. Also 104 “. I am not sold on the synthetics, the decision is one I have to live with every day I look at them. Love to hear how you are faring.

  2. Sorry for the late reply. I didn't get noticed of your answer. I meant lining as in another fabric lined behind the synthetic taffeta. It protects the fabric from the light and adds volume to the curtain.

    1. Thanks for checking back in with me Corinne! Yes, the particular brand I'm looking is sewn very well with several different lining options! ^_^ Thanks so much for your input on this dilemma I'm having! I'm anxiously awaiting your bedroom blog post! xo