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Curtains up

Finally, half the curtains are up in the studio. It took the contractors about 3 hours to put in all the wires on the wall above the windows to support the curtains. No more ugly paper blinds, at least on one wall. I still need to purchase tension rods for the other 4 windows on the North wall. You can't tell from these pictures but the curtains TOTALLY class the place up. 10 foot high velvety curtains are a rare sight.

Unfortunately a bit of brick is exposed up at the top. But there wasn't any way around that. But here's the surprise that I'm very unhappy with. Each panel of curtains has a seam up the middle. I didn't ask for the width of these curtains. You are only allowed to custom order the height, not the width of these. So I was stuck with the width they gave me. So why do my curtains look like some one took two sets of curtains and sewed them together in the middle? If these were cheap curtains, I would totally understand the seam right up the middle of each panel. But when I pay over $1,000 for curtains, I expect some classy curtains. Am I unreasonable to complain to the store that ordered them for me that they shouldn't have seams up the middle (or they should have told me about the seams before I ordered them)?

Should I complain to the store about the seams up the middle of each of my new curtains?

Curtains often have a seam right up the middle of each panel
If you didn't even ask for that width, then there's no excuse to have seams up the middle of your curtains
Other, posting comment to explain


Some fabrics only come in certain widths, you sometimes have no choice in order to get a panel of a certain width, by sewing two widths of cloth together.

The way those are gathered from hanging, I doubt the seam is visible to girls swinging on poles.
It's not so much the visibility as the price. A week after I ordered these, some one posted a comment telling me where I can get pretty much the same 120 inch high curtains (which are really hard to find) but at half the price. So I could have gotten $1,000 worth of curtains for only $500. My thought is that if I'm paying twice what they are worth, I expect them to be perfect.
The fact that they have the seaming in the middle is a testament to the quality of the curtain. If it lacked the seam, it'd be a lesser quality curtain.

Fabrics come in usually 3 "standard" widths -- 36", 45", and 60". If you wanted high quality lined 60" wide curtains, you would NOT want them to use the flat 60" fabric, because it's actually weaker and less supportive. You'd prefer them to use the 36" width and seam it in the middle, and trim the excess off.

Pretty much the only curtains you'll ever find that won't have a seam in the middle, are sheers or flat panels that are usually strung on a rod and hung, and even then those are generally standard 36" width.
Thanks for clearing that up.

what width did they come?

My guess is that the standard width that the fabric comes in does not allow for panels that are seamless of the size that you received. that is why you got a seam. What width choices did they offer you? My Mom runs a workroom that fabricates Drapery treatment of all kinds. I can easily talk to her and find out why.

Re: what width did they come?

They didn't give me any width choices. It was one width and one width only and you just have to make it work. I wish I could remember what the width was. I can meaure them tomorrow.
The fabric width has been covered by previous repliers, so I'd only add that they have as much obligation to volunteer information such as the seams up the middle as you'd have obligation to ask before the job begins. Two way street, there. I don't think I'd complain to them unless it was agreed upon before starting that there were to be no visible seams.
I've never purchased curtains before, not in my entire life. I had no idea you were supposed to ask in advance if they come with seams up the middle.
You only have to ask if you don't want them - much like they would never know that you wouldn't, unless you quizzed them about the construction or expectation. I've never purchased curtains before either.
Why would I have even thought to ask. Why would a curtain that only comes in one width, need a seam in the middle? If they don't have enough fabric to make it the width they sell it in, why not offer it in a smaller width?
For the same reason they would have thought not to volunteer the info to you. Neither side is psychic. The curtain width might have nothing to do with the fabric width. I see your point in having seamless curtains, but if they only had bolts of cloth that were 3 feet wide, they might sell less curtains if they only made curtains 3 feet wide. They'd be a specialty curtain company at that point. I'm probably less critical of the seams due to my preference of function over form, which isn't always the popular viewpoint.
For the little bit of brick...I wonder if you could put up some black construction paper over the bricking to mask it with the curtains.

It also looks like you may be able to take those two panels and pin them together at or near the top without changing the draping too much, thought that may be a function of the angles of the pictures. And if you want to be able to open the drapes. ;)
You rock. Thanks!
I just took a tour of my house and half my curtains have seams. Until you posted this, I had never even given it a thought.

Are the curtains lined? Sometime heavy drapes have a seam to do ...something with the lining. Not a seamstress, nor do I play one on TV, but there might be a logical technical reason for the seam being there.
I paid extra for blackout lining. It's white, to reflect the sun and heat.
It's late, I have other stuff to do, but now I'm curious.

A quick Google search seems to suggest that running a seam up the middle of the panel has something to do with the drape and if it's heavy fabric, that seam can help reinforce the area where the curtain rod goes. Especially since the weight of the fabric would be heaviest in the middle. Also, some fabrics can develop a twist, ( I know for a fact that cotton knit t-shirt fabric does this), so cutting the fabric into strips and seaming it together will correct this problem and keep the hem even.

See above about not being a sewer, but I'm willing to be there is a quality issue for why your curtains are seamed.
Wow. This is all new to me.
I hope it's helpful. I sincerely doubt anyone is trying to put anything over on you and I understand that shelling out $1k for curtains means you want some seriously nice curtains. (I'm setting up my own business now, so believe me, I completely understand where you're coming from.)

I imagine that a curtain or fabric expert would give you a very reasonable explanation for why they are that way. And like I said before, I hadn't given my curtains a second thought until you posted and I doubt your students are either.