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Traverse Curtain Rods are Changing With the Times.

Years ago, one of just a few common window treatment styles was the pinch pleated curtain on a white, off-white, or brown metal traverse rod. The rods on these standard window treatments were purely functional and hidden behind the drapery as much as possible. Traverse rod draperies are still a wonderful way to spruce up your windows. But today, there are a lot of other drapery hardware options for your windows.

Traverse drapery rods, invented by Charles W. Kirsch in 1928, are still very popular with traditional décor. They come in many decorative styles that allow the rod, holdbacks, end caps, finials, and even the rings to be a decorative part of the window treatment.

On the rod, the curtains are hung via metal hooks inserted into the rod carriers.

Modern rods conform to child safety standards and use cords, wands, remotes, and hand operation to open and close them.

Traverse rods can be installed with two-way draw – opening from the center and stacking the curtains on each side, or left or right draw, which stacks the fabric folds on one side or the other, convenient for sliding doors. Traverse rods are made of metal or wood, can be mounted on the wall or the ceiling, and have other options – they may be a double rod to hang sheers behind curtains and can also be curved to conform to various window styles.

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New Ripplefold Traverse Rods have moved into the home.

Ripplefold traverse rods are a relatively recent innovation in trendy window treatments. Originally used commercially, this fashionable style is now being used residentially because it has a clean contemporary look that is perfect for modern décor.

Ripplefold curtains are hung by sewing a stiff snap tape to the top of flat curtain panels. The snap carriers can be spaced to allow for several different amounts of fullness with a smooth wavy heading.

When using a Ripplefold Traverse Rod, you will notice that the curtains hang below the rod. Ripplefold rods come in sleek modern finishes, adding to your contemporary décor. Or they may be painted, upholstered, ceiling mounted, or covered by a top treatment to create the look you desire.


It doesn’t matter if you prefer the traditional look of a pinch pleated draperies with a more modern decorative rod, or the sleek new wave of the ripple fold curtain, Kim will help you select fabric and hardware perfect for your style and your home. Call 513-398-5798 or email Kim today –


Photo credits: Kirsch, Rowley, United Supply, Window Accents

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