Swags and Jabots

Today we would like to write about what we call Swags & Jabots here at Fashion Window Treatments. This very popular window treatment style can also be referred to as a Festoon & Cascade.  The word festoon originated from the Latin word festo and was used to describe a wreath or garland hanging from two points. When depicting fabric or linen the motif became known as a swag, as to hang in a drooping curve.


A jabot, which can also be called cascade or tail, is a vertical, normally pleated piece of fabric used with festoons or swags.  The original purpose of a jabot was to hide the seams between individual swags, though their purpose today is simply decorative (unlike most curtains, jabots do not serve to block the passage of light). Visually, they represent a continuation of the swag over the ends of a pole or board, and are generally made of the same decorator fabric on the facing side as the swag itself. Jabots are often lined with a different style or color of fabric which is then revealed along its bottom edge with each pleat. One can also use the same fabric to line the jabot as the main swag and jabot fabric, which we refer to as “self” lining.

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Roman Shade Styles – How to Choose

Expertly crafted to order, Fashion Window Treatments’ custom Roman Shades are available in over 350 fabrics and four distinct styles, including Flat Fold, Hobbled, Casual and Tucked. Roman Shades give windows the softness and style of draperies with less bulk. They’re easy to operate and can give you complete privacy when lowered. Clean lines and classic tailoring have made Roman Shades a popular choice for interior designers and homeowners alike. And because they are available in a range of styles and materials – from classic to casual to elegant – it’s easy to find a look that complements your space.

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Greek Key Decorative Trim


Have you noticed all of the Greek Key trim popping up on home décor lately? Decorators are using this stylish 2.25 inch decorative braid trim in so many areas of the home and office.

We recently added six colors of this beautifully embroidered jacquard trim. The design features a Greek Key pattern and is versatile enough to use on almost any item in the home.

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Determining Rod Pocket Sizes

What size rod pocket do you need?

Here are some basic guidelines for determining what size of a rod pocket you will need for various sized curtain rods.  Having the correct sized rod pocket will make all the difference in how the drapery will look once it is shirred (gathered) onto the curtain rod or pole.

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Measuring for a Table Runner

Table runners tend to add a decorative appeal to the overall look of not only your table, but the entire room. It is important in determining the length of the runner to keep one thing in mind, most importantly, there is no right or wrong, its more about what you envision for your space.

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Decorating Your Bathroom

One of the least decorated rooms in your home is often your bathroom. Whether it’s your master bathroom, your guest bathroom or your kid’s bathroom, chances are that you may not have very many decorations in the room.

Your master bathroom is typically only seen by you or your spouse where the other bathrooms in your home are seen more often. We’ve put Continue reading…

Sewing Using Customer’s Own Materials

We at Fashion Window Treatments think we have some really great fabrics, but regardless what we think, we know there are thousands of fabrics that are just as great that we don’t stock.

Whether we carry one hundred or one thousand fabrics, we know there are still always going to be times when we just don’t have what a customer is looking for. That is why we Continue reading…