Exhibitors Focus on Function and Fashion at Window Coverings Expo

LAS VEGAS – At the recent International Window Coverings Expo most exhibitors agreed rods and finials now are expected to serve not only function but fashion.
     Showing for the first time at this show, Xentric Drapery Hardware, San Fernando, Calif.., owners Carlos and Erika Luna Contreras presented a handcrafted collection of hand-forged wrought iron, glass and wood finials, tiebacks, brackets, rings, batons and rod styles that can be customized to meet new, repurposed and matched window hardware installations .
     Their new line of motorized traverse systems follow the matching design assortment of styles in the colors, finishes, shapes of their finials, tiebacks, brackets to assure to accentuate and enhance each window with all rods available in round, square hollow styles, they emphasized.
     A new Finestra collection of button embellishments, button borders and decorative tassels was introduced by Rowley Decorating Supplies & More, Gastonia, N.C. These sew-on and pin-on custom-carved buttons can also be used for drapery panels, valances and pillows, according to Amy Weavil Johnson, vice president.
     Available in seven stock designs – swirl, flower, blossom, starburst, circa, acanthus, royal – and three color choices-antique gold, old world, pewter – they also have options of molded sew-on eye or pin-on clasp styles. Button can be augmented with matching custom-made/hand-painted borders in neo-classical, beaded or old world gold finish.
     Rowley also introduced its Finestra Aria metal decorative hardware collection with rods available in satin nickel, brushes nickel, brushed black nickel, matte black, rust, oil-rubbed bronze, antique copper, brushed brass, antique brass finishes.
     Orion Ornamental Iron Inc., North Hollywood, Calif., showed several new collections, including Tuscany lightweight single and double embossed metal rods and lightweight decorative single narrow, medium and tall-sized metal cornices.
     Their Bohemia Collection of decorative handcrafted crystal finials on iron rods accommodates both round and square hollow iron rods. Each Bohemia finial is shipped in a custom box for optimum protection, Atul Patel, president, noted.
     Since 1872, Busche has been making curtain rails and products in Germany for the interior design trade. Its new motorized pole sets were introduced at the show by distributor Forest Decorative Hardware, Cartersville, Ga. Offered in the mid-high price range, the aluminum rods feature finely-crafted finials in polished chrome, satin nickel and black finishes. The integrated emergency control insures manual operation in case of power failure.
     Called “a fresh and lovely concept in swing arm hardware,” Helser Brothers, Chandler, Ariz., showed the Evita Collection. Designed specifically for wider, heavier drapery applications, Evita can be augmented with an optional drapery tieback arm that doubles as a handle for opening/closing the swing arm without touching the fabric. Also available in this style is a tassle tieback available in 7/8-inch and 1 1/14-inch sizes.