Cafe Curtains originated from Vienna in the 19th Century, to allow patrons to view people passing by as they dined, whilst retaining a degree of privacy.
Cafe Curtains cover only half the window, are stationary and are usually on rods (or poles) with rings.
Cafe curatins are used to create privacy in a kitchen or bathroom, and as per their original purpose are used frequently in cafes and restaurants. I am sure everyone can remember seeing red gingham cafe curtains in their neighbourhood at least once.
Cafe curtains are often made of lace or nets so that they provide privacy yet still allow some light to pass through. This also makes them easy to wash, especially if they are used in the kitchen or bathroom area. They are a simple and economical way of providing privacy to a room without losing all the view. They are great for DIY and home crafts people as they are easy to make and you can be very creative with the heading and the fabrics used. They are a simple way to transform a kitchen or bathroom buy adding color, texture or a focal point to often small rooms.
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