Curtain Pricing Guide
Have you ever wondered why one curtain fabric is more expensive than the other even when they are made up of the same material? Often we assume that the brand value causes the price differentiation. But the truth is that all 100% cotton fabrics are not created equally. The price of the fabric is dependent on the quality of the fabric. In turn, the quality of the curtain fabrics is determined by the following:
Material used: Some of the most commonly used fabrics for curtains are silk, linen, cotton, viscose, and polyester. Silk is the most expensive fabric followed by linen, cotton, viscose, and polyester. The price also varies depending on the percentages of blend used.
For example: 70% Linen and 30% cotton blend will be more expensive than 70% cotton and 30% linen blend.
Weight of the fabric is measured in GSM (grams per square meter) which depends on the thickness of yarn used and the number of knots per square inch. Higher GSM translates to better quality and therefore, higher price.
For example: 200 GSM 100% polyester is priced higher than 100 GSM 100% polyester because the thicker material blocks both sound and light more effectively and lasts longer.
Type of weave is the pattern in which fabric is manufactured. Some of the common weave types are plain, twill, satin, basket, oxford and chambray, and jacquards etc. Of these plain weave is the cheapest because it comprises a simple crisscross pattern.
Jacquard is the most expensive because it is complex; requires more time, skill, and expensive machinery. It is also more durable and drapes the best among all types of weaves.
Finishing of the woven fabric: It is possible that a linen curtain of 250 GSM jacquard weave with intricate embroidery looks stiff and does not fall properly if it is finished in a normal power loom. All fabrics apart from silk are stiff and do not drape well naturally if the finishing is not proper. Therefore, a mill made finish makes them softer and helps them fall and drape well. A mill made finish improves the quality and increases the price of the same fabric.
Value additions like embroidery, addition of sequins or printing could increase the costs significantly.
o The price of embroidery increases with the number of stitch count and colors of thread used.
o Similarly, sequins stitched on the designs also make curtains more expensive. The more the number of sequins and better their quality, more is the cost.
o Screen printing is cost efficient to get vibrant prints on the fabric. The price varies a little as the number of colors used for printing increases.
o Digital printing is far more expensive than screen printing because it uses unlimited number of colors and has very good attention to detail.
In conclusion, a non-mill made 50 GSM screen printed plain weave polyester curtain is quite cheap and should cost in the range of Rs 300 to Rs. 400. However, a 300 GSM digitally printed jacquard weave silk curtain will be much more expensive. A 200 GSM jacquard weave polyester or poly-viscose fabric will cost more than 50 GSM screen printed plain weave polyester curtain but it will hang well and look quite regal.
It is always best to compare the GSM of the same fabric to see which curtain is better. However, a lot of times it is not listed on the curtain sites which makes the comparison difficult. Always try to ask the seller about GSM and type of weave before you buy curtains. At Customfurnish.com we always list the GSM so that you can easily compare the curtains. It is best to see and feel the fabric before you order the curtains. With us, you can order up to 15 fabric samples to get a feel of the fabric. We assure you that you will feel the difference when you see our samples.