Curtains – fun facts

Many people’s homes contain curtains, of a variety of colours, designs & measurements. However, despite the commonality of the furnishing, there are a number of lesser-known, interesting facts about the curtain & its history.

  • Curtain, the word, is derived from the Middle English cortine & Latin cortina
  • Curtains have been found in excavation sites at Herculaneum, Pompeii & Olynthus
  • 2nd to 6th century mosaics show curtains suspended from arch spanning rods
  • The expression ‘curtains for you’ is believed to have originated in the 1946 Looney Tunes cartoon ‘Racketeer Rabbit’
  • Commercial sized curtains are typically used in theatres, cinemas & restaurants
  • In an orthodox Jewish synagogue, the curtain is known as a ‘mechitza’. This is used as a wall to separate Jewish women & men during prayer
  • In theatre, the final bow of a cast at the end of a performance is known as a ‘curtain call’ 
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