Roman, Austrian and balloon shades. Roman shades draw up into neat horizontal folds, Austrian shades into scalloped folds, and balloon shades into billows. All have rings on the back through which cords are strung. With the desired height. With others, you wind the cord around a cleat attached to the wall.
Sturdy, tighty woven fabrics are generally best for Roman and balloon shades. Lightweighted, airy fabrics are suitable for Austrian shades. If the fabric is patterned, gather up the fabric to see how it will look when the shade is raised.
Roman shades are also available in other materials, including woven wood, solar control screening and handwoven natural fibers, reeds, and grasses.
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