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’