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10 days ago

PURPLE - A Colourful History

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It’s safe to say that you can expect to pay the same price for the same fabric, regardless of the colour. But only a few generations ago, the cost depended on the colour of the cloth because some dyes were so expensive to obtain.


Purple was so expensive that only royalty could afford it!

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It’s safe to say that you can expect to pay the same price for the same fabric, regardless of the colour. But only a few generations ago, the cost depended on the colour of the cloth because some dyes were so expensive to obtain.


Purple was so expensive that only royalty could afford it!

Tyrian Purple, otherwise known Royal Purple or Imperial Purple, dyes fabric a beautiful deep purple shade. In ancient times, the dyestuffs were obtained from the Mediterranean sea snail. The purple is used by the snail as part of predatory and defensive behaviour – the secretion can be extracting by poking and antagonizing the snail, and the resulting goo would gradually become purple on exposure to sunlight. ‘Milking the snail’ was a renewable resource, but so labour-intensive that usually the snails were crushed completely to extract the colour. Mountains of snail shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre – they were harvested to such extremes that for a long time, the Murex snail was considered extinct.


Keep reading: www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com...

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16 days ago

YELLOW - A Colourful History

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When writing to his sister in 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote, “The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!”

Yellow holds an unusual place in history. It has been held in the highest regard as a symbol … View more
When writing to his sister in 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote, “The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!”

Yellow holds an unusual place in history. It has been held in the highest regard as a symbol of the powerful sun and rich gold, but has also been considered the colour of outcasts and vagrants.


Yellow was one of the first colours to be used in art – cave paintings depicted in yellow have been found in caves in Europe dating back to approximately 25,000 years old. The pigment came from the earth – a coloured clay called ochre that could be yellow or red. Yellow ochre contains hydrated iron hydroxide, with a distinct gold colour.

The Egyptians and Romans loved yellow, using it to represent much-prized gold in their art. The Egyptians used a yellow mineral called orpiment in tomb paintings, not knowing the arsenic compound was highly toxic.
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21 days ago

What are the most energy efficient window treatments?

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Did you know that a great deal of heat can escape from your home through the windows? One of the ways to prevent this, according to New Zealand's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), is to use and install the right curtains and blinds.


Let's find out how you can make … View more
Did you know that a great deal of heat can escape from your home through the windows? One of the ways to prevent this, according to New Zealand's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), is to use and install the right curtains and blinds.


Let's find out how you can make your home feel more cosy with our range of curtains, shutters and blinds.

Use curtains correctly to prevent heat escaping
Drapes are no substitute for quality double glazing, but they can certainly make a big difference to the efficiency of your indoor heating. According to the EECA, properly-installed curtains reduce heat loss through single glazed windows by up to 60 per cent and through double glazed windows by up to 50 per cent.

The best products to use are curtains with an acrylic coating painted on the back of the curtain fabric, which serves as an additional insulating layer. Our range of readymade thermal curtains and blackout curtains are ideal.


If you don't quite have the budget to buy brand new drapes, you can affix detachable curtain linings to the back of your existing pencil pleat curtains for the same insulating effect.


Keep reading: www.harveyfurnishings.co.nz...

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24 days ago

BLACK - A Colourful History

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From the elegance of a little black dress to the ominous omen of a black cat, from the authority of a karate black belt to solemn black mourning attire, this dark hue has long been an astonishing source of contradiction and intrigue. We take a look at the history of black.

Is black even a … View more
From the elegance of a little black dress to the ominous omen of a black cat, from the authority of a karate black belt to solemn black mourning attire, this dark hue has long been an astonishing source of contradiction and intrigue. We take a look at the history of black.

Is black even a colour?

Ask a child with a crayon, and you’ll be told that black is most certainly a colour – probably with some interesting examples! Ask a scientist, and you’ll be told that black is the absence of colour, and that a black object absorbs all colours and reflects none back to be seen.


To this day, there is no actual black dye used commonly in textiles. The look of black is achieved with a combination of dark blues, purples and ochre tones – you can see this by dipping the nib of a black marker pen in water. The resulting bloom of diluting watery dye will be a fascinating swirl of dark purple, blue or brown.


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31 days ago

How window dressings transform a room

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We love everything about decorating a room but there’s something really special about window dressings. They’re like the icing on the décor cake, whether the look is curtains with a dominant pattern and bright colours or barely-there neutrals in soft shades, or anything in between, ranging … View moreWe love everything about decorating a room but there’s something really special about window dressings. They’re like the icing on the décor cake, whether the look is curtains with a dominant pattern and bright colours or barely-there neutrals in soft shades, or anything in between, ranging from shutters to blinds.

Window dressings transform rooms in many ways. The most noticeable is by softening the edges of a space, especially if you’re using ‘soft’ window treatments made in fabric. ‘Hard’ window dressings (those made from hard materials), such as shutters and blinds can soften a space to an extent, but the overall look might require a few extra design tricks to lessen those hard lines. Moulded timber window frames around and above the shutters if your home is of the right vintage, can work well.

Whatever your personal style though, most of us require our window dressings to provide us with privacy. They also create layers of interest or warmth, complete the look in a room, provide a subtle background to let other elements shine, and protect furniture and soft furnishings from the harsh sun. So let’s explore our window dressing options:

Curtains
Curtains add elegance and texture too. If you’re looking to update a room and are happy with what’s already in the space in terms of furniture, choosing new curtains is a great way to go. Selecting new and relevant shades with on trend effects can then lead the way to refresh other soft furnishings such as cushions and upholstery.

Keep reading: amazinginteriors.co.nz...

47 days ago

Making your curtains fire safe.

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Fire Rating – Curtains
The term ‘fire rating’ is used in New Zealand Building Code Compliance Document Fire Safety
C/AS1 to mean ‘fire resistance rating’. However Fire rating is a misleading term as all organic products are ‘combustible’ or ‘flammable’ to some degree. Fabric … View more
Fire Rating – Curtains
The term ‘fire rating’ is used in New Zealand Building Code Compliance Document Fire Safety
C/AS1 to mean ‘fire resistance rating’. However Fire rating is a misleading term as all organic products are ‘combustible’ or ‘flammable’ to some degree. Fabric flammability is an important textile issue, especially for stage drapery that will be used in a public space such as a school, theatre or special event venue. Although all fabrics will burn, some are naturally more resistant to fire than others. Those that are more flammable can have their fire resistance drastically improved
by treatment with fire retardant chemicals.
Fire retardant treatment:
The flammability of fabric can be drastically reduced through the use of fire retardants. Many natural fibers, including cotton, can be topically treated with a chemical that reduces the fabric’s flammability to the extent that it becomes nearly non-combustible. During a fire, the chemical reacts with the gases and tars generated naturally by the fabric, converting the gases and tars to carbon char, thus drastically slowing the fabric’s burning rate. Some polyester fabrics are
considered permanently fire retardant. This is because fire retardant properties are built directly into the molecular structure of the fibers. Other synthetic fabrics can also be topically treated with

chemicals after the manufacturing process.


Fires in houses spread quickly and are deadly. Treating curtains with a Fire Retardant will slow the progress of flame upwards and may even cause the flame to extinguish.
Sources of flame vary from lighter (kids playing), to electric blankets to lithium batteries found in many of today’s devices and cell phones.
Many curtain materials are flammable. Many contain natural and synthetic fibres which can and do burn. You can protect yourself and your family by applying a flame retardant.
A flame-retardant solution makes the material resistant to burning when it encounters a low-energy ignition source, such as a cigarette lighter or a candle.

Curtain Clean can now apply a fire retardant to those curtains that are not flame retardant. This can be done on new or older curtains.
It is recommended that older curtains are cleaned before application of the retardant and the retardant is then applied as part of the cleaning process.
Have your curtains treated while they are here for cleaning.
Curtains can also be treated in SITU.
For more information, please call us on 0800 579 0501.

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58 days ago

Mould and mildew on fabrics

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Mould and mildew on curtains and upholstery is unsightly, unhealthy, gives off a musty smell and has the potential to stain or eat into fabric. It’s a greedy little fungus that likes to feed on the dust or dirt on your fabrics, or even on the fabrics itself.


Organic fibres are gourmet fare … View more
Mould and mildew on curtains and upholstery is unsightly, unhealthy, gives off a musty smell and has the potential to stain or eat into fabric. It’s a greedy little fungus that likes to feed on the dust or dirt on your fabrics, or even on the fabrics itself.


Organic fibres are gourmet fare for mildew. This includes animal (protein) fibres such as wool or silk, or plant (cellulose) fibres like cotton, linen or rayon – although man-made fibres are not immune either; all it takes is some dust to gather in the folds of your curtains or creases in your couch, and mildew quickly moves in. Areas near the kitchen are particularly at risk – cooking grease released into the air settles on your soft furnishings, attracting damp and dust, and providing mildew with a tasty snack.


When choosing fabric for your home, you can select a type that resists mildew better than others, such as polyester or viscose. If you love the natural look, there’s no need to give it up – modern blends of man-made fibres can be woven to mimic the look and feel of natural fabric. We offer sheers such as Sierra which are 100% polyester but look like linen, or faux silk like Majestic Silk.

Mildew loves something easy to stick to – a smooth, shiny fabric like Xavier is harder for it to establish itself on, and a good choice if you find that mildew is a problem in your home. You could also try a water repellent fabric such as our upholstery fabrics Sebastian and Palazzo. These are less likely to get damp and encourage mildew growth.

Prevention is the best cure.


Read more at: www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com...

67 days ago

How did looms work in the 18th century?

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Before 1806, looms like those of our weaving mill were completely hand-operated. Standing next to the weaver, an assistant pulled some grips on the side of the loom to lift the heddles and make the warp’s threads pass through them. Assistants were usually girls, often the weavers’ daughters, … View moreBefore 1806, looms like those of our weaving mill were completely hand-operated. Standing next to the weaver, an assistant pulled some grips on the side of the loom to lift the heddles and make the warp’s threads pass through them. Assistants were usually girls, often the weavers’ daughters, who could thus learn their mothers’ job by observing them all day long.

Besides, in this way weavers could weave a slightly longer amount of fabric, since at that time they were paid according to the length of product they finished.


Anyway, they couldn’t make more than 10 cm of fabric a day. Quite a slow work, then.


The history of the Jacquard loom

In 1806, Mr Jacquard (1752-1834) finally decided to patent a machine he had been working on for many years. These are the most important things you should know on its history:

Jacquard had a brilliant idea: joining 3 different projects of the past century in a single device:

the use of needles and a perforated paper tape, containing the pattern, which Basile Bouchon tested in 1725;
the replacement of the paper tape with punched cards attached to one another, which Jean Baptiste Falcon put forward in 1734;
the use of a mechanical cylinder above the loom, which Jacques Vaucanson had designed in 1744 to automatically replace punched cards while weaving;

textile workers weren’t that happy with the introduction of the Jacquard machine: they feared it would cause mass dismissals. That’s exactly what happened, at least in part, and Europe becomes a hotbed of worker’s uprisings. And a death threat was made against Jacquard.

Fortunately, Jacquard got on all right. And his invention, too, without which now the weavers’ work at Tessitura Bevilacqua would be much more slow. Producing luxury fabrics for upholstery with patterns such as those from our archive, indeed, would be difficult. Extremely difficult.
The characteristics of jacquard fabrics

The most distinctive feature of jacquard fabrics is, indeed, the complexity of their patterns and the high number of colours.


So, it’s to Jacquard’s idea that today we owe the production of elaborate and fine fabrics for furnishing and clothing.

78 days ago

Help with those hard to clean items. Ultrasonic cleaning.

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Hard to clean items

Andy's Ultrasonics can help

We can clean those hard to clean filters and diffuses from home, offices and industrial applications. Ultrasonic cleaning can get into all those hard to get places. Filters from your range hood. No one likes that job but our ultrasonics … View more
Hard to clean items

Andy's Ultrasonics can help

We can clean those hard to clean filters and diffuses from home, offices and industrial applications. Ultrasonic cleaning can get into all those hard to get places. Filters from your range hood. No one likes that job but our ultrasonics make short work of that job.

Not sure then give us a call 07 2829840 or send to
Andy's Ultrasonic Cleaning
C/- 17 Alach St
Greerton
Tauranga 3112.

80 days ago

Insta-Worthy Commercial Interiors

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It's no secret that Instagrammable design is driving commercial spaces with innovative materials, contrasting finishes and surprising compositions being used to create maximum impact.


As the Instagram effect continues to impact the world of interiors, commercial spaces are upping their … View more
It's no secret that Instagrammable design is driving commercial spaces with innovative materials, contrasting finishes and surprising compositions being used to create maximum impact.


As the Instagram effect continues to impact the world of interiors, commercial spaces are upping their game, creating photo-worthy interiors designed for wow-factor appeal across the retail and hospitality sectors.

For your inspiration, we've compiled a visual feast of insta-worthy commercial spaces.



See More: jamesdunloptextiles.com...

87 days ago

How the world's most beautiful tassels are made

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For 91 years, this family-run company has been creating intricate tie-backs and tassels, with the fourth generation now presiding over a business that strikes a fine balance between tradition and modernity.


The rhythmic clickety-clack of 40 weaving machines swells as the doors open at Les … View more
For 91 years, this family-run company has been creating intricate tie-backs and tassels, with the fourth generation now presiding over a business that strikes a fine balance between tradition and modernity.


The rhythmic clickety-clack of 40 weaving machines swells as the doors open at Les Passementeries de l'île de France. They clatter and clash until the clock strikes 12 when, as if by magic, silence falls as the workers break for lunch. Throughout the day, 2,000 metres of braid and fringe pour from the looms in reams of kaleidoscopic colour, while tassels are twisted, pom-poms are fluffed and flowers are knotted by hand.

The tradition of passementerie in the village of Belloy-en-France, north of Paris, dates back to the nineteenth century, but since the Fifties, in France alone, more than 200 passementiers have closed their doors permanently or relocated to Tunisia and China, where both labour and rental prices are tantalisingly cheap. Les Passementeries de l'île de France is one of the last workshops still operating in the country today.


Keep reading at: www.houseandgarden.co.uk...

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103 days ago

What Consumer Recommends for best blinds.

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Consumer NZ says these blinds are the best for keeping your home warm.


Forget your thermal or lined curtains, your roller or Roman blinds, the honeycomb blind leaves them all out in the cold.

According to a Consumer NZ test, the honeycomb retained more heat than any other kind of window … View more
Consumer NZ says these blinds are the best for keeping your home warm.


Forget your thermal or lined curtains, your roller or Roman blinds, the honeycomb blind leaves them all out in the cold.

According to a Consumer NZ test, the honeycomb retained more heat than any other kind of window treatment - nearly 60 per cent more than is lost through an uncovered window.

Its nearest competitor was a well-fitted Roman blind at just under 30 per cent. While the humble curtain barely got a look in, with even floor-length, heavy, lined curtains only breaking 25 per cent.


Smith says there were two reasons the blinds worked so well. Firstly, they were fitted inside the window frame, with the testers trying to "minimise the gaps down the sides and at the top and the bottom".

"Typically, you get a gap between the blind and the window frame where the cord hangs, whereas these didn't have that. They fitted right up to the edge."

Then there were the pockets of air inside the blinds themselves.

"I don't want to call them a down jacket, but they are almost like a down jacket in that they have these big pockets of air, so they're creating this really good insulation. It's a combination of the two actually: creating a still insulating layer of air, but also fitting really tightly.

"I think from everything we did that's the two bits of advice that we would give to anybody, no matter what type of blind or curtain you've got: make sure they're fitted as tightly as you can to minimise air gaps all around. Then go for as many layers or insulating thicknesses as you possibly can. That will get you the best result I think."


more at:www.stuff.co.nz...


At Curtain Clean we can clean and repair honeycomb or Duet blinds.

110 days ago

What causes mildew on Curtains.

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Does the water on the windows cause Mildew on Curtains?
The answer: Not Directly.
Only if the curtains are actually touching or touch the window, which most don’t.

It derives from and does contribute to the general humidity in the surrounds around the curtain which again contributes to the … View more
Does the water on the windows cause Mildew on Curtains?
The answer: Not Directly.
Only if the curtains are actually touching or touch the window, which most don’t.

It derives from and does contribute to the general humidity in the surrounds around the curtain which again contributes to the development of mould.
Moisture on windows is caused by the lower dew point of the glass. The warmer the air in a room/house the more moisture it will hold. It is a natural reaction for the moisture in the air to collect on the cool glass as the warm moist air attempts to equalize the air temperature and the glass temperature. The cooler glass sucks the heat out of the air.
Heat always travels from hot towards cold, leaving the moisture on the window and the warmth heating the glass until the outside temperature is the same as the inside temperature.

The closer together the temperature of the air and the glass the less it will happen. Indeed in the summer it works in the opposite where the higher temp of the glass heats the air in the room. This would also occur on days in the winter when the air in the house is cooler than the glass that’s heated by the sun. As soon as the temperature reverses the dew point on the glass lowers and then we have moisture on the windows.


Now without the sun or heating of some kind warming the curtains and the room, the curtains would remain at the ambient room air temperature but that’s not what happens. Heating or the sun will warm the curtains which like the air absorb the moisture from the air around them. This is also influenced by the humidity in the air at the time. If the curtains are cooler than the air in the room then any humidity will be absorbed by the curtains.

In doing so they also absorb the bacteria that is entrapped in that moisture. It important to note that that moisture can be from any source both inside and outside of the immediate vicinity of the curtains, for moisture in the air is carried by air currents that swirl around constantly, due to breeze, air temperature, movement by people and so on.

The curtains will adjust their own temperature and level of water absorbed up and down depending on the same factors, i.e. air temp, amount of heat applied to them by the sun and the amount of heat the material is able to absorb and retain and the all this is complicated by the time which curtains retain that heat and for how long.

So we have material curtains that absorb and release both heat and moisture all the time depending on the room conditions.

Thus we have curtains that essentially become mini glass houses or incubators, especially in the folds or where the sun has a high heat impact upon the material. A further compounding factor is the closeness of the material bulk to the wall. If as is mostly the case curtains are bunched against the wall, especially after being heated by the sun in the mornings, then the incubator effect is heightened. The same applies to late afternoon except that at that time the sun is intense and hotter than morning so the curtains retain more heat for longer. Midday sun is at a higher angle and so doesn’t affect the curtains so much.

The type of material also has an effect. Many older materials were natural and tended to allow more passage of air. Many of the modern materials are almost impervious to air and in the case of say taffeta’s and blackout material there is no “breathing” at all.


How does the warmth affect the curtains?

As with all incubators and glass houses the warmth creates an ideal condition for bacteria to grow. Longer periods of warmth, especially where the humidity is high, such as in curtain folds, and even in the material fibres themselves encourage the growth of bacteria. Bacteria thrive in colonies and have an enormous rate of duplication, and will grow colonies that live and hibernate and create their spores that continue to reinfect and grow the new colonies.
more; at curtaincleaners.co.nz...

109 days ago

Are your curtains going black from the cold?

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Reclaim your curtain health before winter.


Hi Neighbours,

Well the summer has been great hasn’t it, but winter is here now and that means you will want to draw your curtains. Have you had a peek to see what they are like?Have they got mould on them, really mouldy or just dirt and stains?… View more
Reclaim your curtain health before winter.


Hi Neighbours,

Well the summer has been great hasn’t it, but winter is here now and that means you will want to draw your curtains. Have you had a peek to see what they are like?Have they got mould on them, really mouldy or just dirt and stains? Mould goes black and makes spores in the cold.
Has the cat dried himself on them?

Don’t despair we are here to help.

Curtain Clean specializes in cleaning all types of Curtains and Drapes, Roman Blinds, Roller blinds, and most other types of blinds.

Call us today ( 07 5790501) or see our website for your nearest agent. www.curtainclean.co.nz...

At Curtain Clean we can do repairs for you and can even replace linings that need replacing.
We are right here in Greerton and we can arrange to take down and rehang your curtains. Now its cooler we have loan curtains that we can put up for the days your curtains are away.

Our Mission is to clean your curtains and return them to you looking the best we can make them at a reasonable cost.
www.curtainclean.co.nz...

136 days ago

Why Was Purple Such An Expensive Dye In Ancient Times?

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The ancient Phoenicians lived from 2500-550 BC and were a great sea faring and trading civilisation. They came from Tyre and Byblos – an area we know now as Lebanon. I’ll write about the amazing Phoenicians more in-depth in a future post, but now I thought you’d be interested in how they made… View moreThe ancient Phoenicians lived from 2500-550 BC and were a great sea faring and trading civilisation. They came from Tyre and Byblos – an area we know now as Lebanon. I’ll write about the amazing Phoenicians more in-depth in a future post, but now I thought you’d be interested in how they made the purple dye they were famous for. Tyrian Purple.

The Ancient Greeks gave the Phoenicians their name, which means People Of The Purple because of the purple dye they made. The founded the ancient city of Carteia, (near Gibraltar) in 940 BC which was a major centre for the manufacture and export of their purple dye.

Making the dye involved intense manual labour and required an immense amount of small Murex snails. The Murex when frightened, would excrete a few drops of yellow liquid, which turns purple when exposed to oxygen.

The shells needed to be smashed. Mixed with water and a few additives (like urine); then left to ferment for some time. Anything dipped in the fermented water would turn purple. It took approximately 10,000 snails to make enough dye for one robe. This is why purple is associated with royalty. They were the only ones that could afford it. Here are two video links if you’re interested in learning more.:

Tyrian Purple (1min. 34 seconds) www.youtube.com...
The Disgusting Source Of Purple | Worst Jobs | Absolute History (5 min 44 seconds) www.youtube.com...

By Debbie Mayo-Smith

At Curtain Clean we can clean your Purple curtains.
www.curtainclean.co.nz...

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