How to Pick the Right Fabric For Your B&W Window Treatments

Nothing dresses up a room like a gorgeous set of custom Barn & Willow window treatments. But what to do when you can’t figure out which type of fabric to order your drapes or shades in? Fret not, friends. Read ahead for everything you need to know about our linen, organic cotton, and blended fabrics—and the differences between each.

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1. Belgian Linens

What they are: Our 100% Belgian Linen collection is woven at a factory in Meulebeke, Belgium that has been producing the flax-based fabric for over a century. Made from the fibrous skin on flax stalk, linen is one of the most durable and eco-friendly fabrics on the market.  

What they’re good for: Heavier and slightly stronger than cotton, linen fabrics are crisp to the touch and boast a lovely drape, making them an optimal choice both for shades and drapes. Consider our Belgian linens if you’re searching for a structured (but unfussy) look for your window treatments.

2. Organic-Cotton

What they are: Our GOTS-certified organic cotton collection starts with cotton plants that are spun into yarn, and then woven into a soft, lightweight fabric. Free of both harmful chemicals and harsh dyes, our organic cotton window coverings are made in an eco-conscious factory in the southern part of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

What they’re good for: Fluffier than linen fibers, organic cotton fabrics are known for their versatility, softness, and comfort. Opt for our organic cotton drapes or shades if you are looking for a lighter, more breathable style of window coverings—especially ones with a more boho-feel.

3. Blended

What they are: In 2017, we only offered linen fabrics. Since then, we’ve doubled our fabric collection by adding our Organic Cotton and Blended Linen fabric lines at the request of our beloved customers. 

What they’re good for: Carefully woven with a combination of either linen and organic-cotton materials or wool and linen, our blended fabrics offer a great finish that’s ideal for providing insulation—without too much heaviness.  

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