Tuesday, July 27, 2010

J is for Jabots

The ABC’s of window treatments

I had a really hard time coming up with something for the letter “J”.  Jabots and Jackie Von Tobel was the only thing I could think of and since I have already done a post on Jackie ………. jabots it is !

According to WFCP jabots are additional pieces of a top treatment, often shaped like a tie, cone, or cylinder, which are used between and over swags as decoration.  I use the term jabot interchangeably with cascades, which are often seen on the sides of swags.  The first summer I ever worked in a workroom I’m pretty sure I called them “jags and swabots”


I’m not sure who made this but the picture above is from M’Fay, where you can order patterns for window treatments.  It’s a nice simple tail.


The zig zag shape is accentuated when you add fringe to the edges and I highly recommend it.  These are both lined on the back with the main fabric.


In the bedroom below, designed by Armando Guereca,  a contrasting plaid fabric is used on the back of the jabots.  Notice there isn’t a fringe but they did use a solid bias banding on the edge.


                        Image via Window Dressings


                                              Image via All the Best

This 1962 photo shows Jackie Kennedy’s dressing room in the White House.  The jabots are about one-third the length of the overall treatment, which is another pleasing length. 

There’s your drapery terminology for the day !


ashlina {the decorista} said...

oh yea. the treatment in Jackie's dressing room is gorgeous!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I really love the Armando treatment, Tammy. I think the fabric chosen really changes the look of this treatment. I find this one is not as traditional or formal looking.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I haven't speced out a jabot in quite a while, but you know how the pendulum swings, so they'll probably make a strong comeback soon. Jackie's dressing room is a perfect application for the jabot...a bit formal and classic. It really has a timeless appeal.

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