May be had either in cream, or any other shade, and present a handsome appearance. They are usually about 8 3/4d, or 9 3/4d. per yard.
FESTOON BLINDS are, fortunately, not very fashionable; they are extremely likely to get out of order, and are veritable dust-traps. Being hand-made, and usually of silk, they are very expensive, varying from 2/3 to 4/6 per square foot, according to the quality of the material used.
VENETIAN BLINDS (costing 6d. to 8d. per square foot for flatted paint) are very durable, but frequently require retaping, and, at intervals, repainting and revarnishing. Constant dusting is also essential; but, on the other hand, through their use the admission of light and air is easily regulated. They are not nearly as popular as formerly. They may be had in almost any colour, but for seaside use the brown staining is more durable than the more elegant tints. Clear varnished, 10d. per square foot; varnished, 9d. per square foot; renovating, 4 1/2d. per square foot.
A new material well adapted for blinds, with a painted surface, which can be washed with warm soapy water, rinsed, and dried with a soft cloth (10 3/4d. per yard and 1 1/2 yards in width).
For the DRAWING-ROOM it is usual for the blinds to be made of the light-coloured dyed hollands, such as the cream and ecru glazed hollands, or the uncalendered linens of a biscuit or ivory shade, decorated with embroidered panels and valances (duchesse blinds), or with lace and fringe to match. The decorative brocaded or Florentine materials are also suitable for the drawing-room; these, likewise, may be finished with lace or a fringe. For the DINING-ROOM the above-named materials, in darker shades, but less ornately treated, are as a rule employed, stripes being often chosen. For the BEDROOMS there are the green and blue glazed hollands (for those who object to the early morning sunshine), the cream hollands or striped linens, also printed cottons. For the KITCHEN the buff, blue, and dark hollands, printed cottons, or deep-shaded linens are recommended, as they do not so readily soil as the lighter materials.
So far we have spoken only of the older-fashioned blind; but frequently nowadays the curtain and blind are combined. These are specially adapted for windows of a certain shape. For these blinds another class of materials is necessary.
SILK-WARP CANTON CASEMENT FLAX-a mixture of silk and wool. A good quality may be bought in cream, or any art shade, at 2/11 per yard double width; a narrower one for 1/6.
CHALLI CASEMENT CLOTH, OR TAFFETA, is made of pure wool, and consequently feels harsher, and naturally has not the silky finish of the above; both, however, are very serviceable, and of the same price. Union cloths are very similar; but, being a mixture of cotton and wool, are not so warm for winter use.
CORDED REPP is another variety of pure wool cloth, and can be obtained in any tint.
MOHAIR is similar, but of a more wiry texture.