Silks can be used throughout the home on beds and to cover windows. Warren Kay shares a variety of gorgeous silks along with how to enjoy them.
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If you love the look and feel of silk, but think it's too fragile, designers say it's surprisingly strong and these days they're using it in every room in the house. Silk is lustrous, elegant and dresses up a room like no other fabric.
Although it may seem lavish, anyone can add a touch of silk to their home by using it on furniture, as window treatments and bedding and for pillows. Plus, you can mix it with any style including modern, formal or traditional.
All silk is not created equal. There are actually many types; some are stronger than others and each one looks entirely different. Indian silk is hand-woven so it has a nubby texture similar to burlap. Silk linen is a much stronger fabric and smoother than Indian silk, but it still has the characteristic knots that give it texture. Silk is a little imperfect and that's what is beautiful about it.
low, medium and high-priced items:
red silk curtains (least expensive shown) (Target)
red faux silk panels (Sears)
red silk curtains (most expensive shown) (Restoration Hardware)
gold ruched pillow (least expensive), gold pillow with beaded trim, gold quilted pillow with red back (most expensive) (Macy's)