Bold, Colorful Drapes post. Then it just came to me...my grandmother's drapes! THAT'S why I love this look! I loved my grandmother's living room. I had forgotten all about it until now. So I went to my Old Picture file and searched for a picture. The picture above was taken around 1955. My Grandfather built this ranch style house in 1952. My Grandparents living room was full of the latest fashion trends of the1950s. The rug was a beautifully patterned gray & cranberry color, the sofa was also cranberry. The room was decorated in gray, cranberry and green, which seems to have been a popular combination. Note the lovely plastic coating not only the sofa, but the lamps. (The first thing my mother did when she inherited the furniture was to rip all that plastic off! My Grandmother would have been horrified.) But it's the drapes that I am really interested in. I wish I could find a better picture but from what I can see it looks like a tropical pattern.
I went on a search to find similar fabric and I came up with some great vintage prints! The fabric my grandparent's drapes were made of is called Barkcloth. According to Wikipedia, Barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. It is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. Historically, the fabric has been used in home furnishings, such as curtains, drapery, upholstery, and slipcovers. It is often associated with 1940s-through-1960s home fashions, particularly in tropical, abstract, atomic and boomerang prints.
I found all of these beautiful fabrics at Full Swing Textiles