Bishop-sleeve curtains: A series of poufs in a voluminous panel; created by gathering the upper portion in two or three spots with cords or tassel tiebacks.
Blinds: Treatments used to regulate light and privacy; available in horizontal and vertical slats made from plastic, metal, wood, bamboo, fabric, and paper.
Cafe curtains: Short panels hung across the bottom half of a window.
Cape Cod curtains: See Priscilla curtains.
Contrasting lining: A fabric different from that on the face of the treatment; creates interest for swags, jabots, and drapery panels.
Cornice: A wood box installed across the top of a window; can be upholstered with fabric, painted, stenciled, or wallpapered.
Curtains: Generally lightweight or unlined fabric panels shirred onto rods or hung by tabs stitched across the top of the panel.
Double-hung draperies: A treatment that features overlapping under- and overpanels.
Drapery clips: Decorative hardware in a variety of shapes that holds the top edge of fabric panels to an iron or wire rod.
Drapery rods: Wood or metal poles accented with decorative finials at each end. Rods run through matching or contrasting rings that attach to draperies.
Fabric shades: Flouncy balloon shades, pleated Roman shades, and fabric-covered roller shades.
Holdback: A metal or wood decorative hook that is installed in the wall or window trim to hold a panel back from the window.
Interfacing: A material used to add stiffness to drapery headers and tailored valances.
Interlining: A material stitched between the lining and face of drapes that adds body and helps drapes hold their shapes.
Jabots: Also called cascades and tails, jabots frame swag treatments; on wide windows they're often positioned between swags.
Lambrequin: A valance or cornice with long tails that run down the sides of a window.
Passementerie: Inclusive name for fancy trims, fringes, tassels, and ornamentation.
Pelmet: A flat-front fabric valance, similar to a cornice, mounted on three-sided "shelves" across the top of a window.
Priscilla curtains: Crisp white panels with ruffled edges. Also known as Cape Cod curtains.
Scarves: Hemmed lengths of fabric that wrap across a drapery rod or holdbacks installed at the top of a window for a swag effect.
Sheers: See-through fabrics used as underpanels for drapery treatments or for light curtains; the term is also used for the underpanels or curtains themselves.
Swags: Round-edge valances centered in a single window or combined in a series across the top of the window, usually lined and part of a formal drapery treatment.
Tension rods: Spring-loaded rods that fit inside the window trim; often used for cafe curtains and sheer panels on door windows.
Tension wire: A length of steel wire that runs across the top of the window and is attached with screw eyes to a wall or inner trim.
Tieback: Cording, fabric, ribbon, or rope that pulls panels off the window, usually outfitted with a ring that attaches to a small cup hook screwed in the wall or trim.
Traverse rods: Rods used for movable draperies.
Valance: A top treatment in a variety of shapes and sizes; can be used by itself or with side panels or cafe curtains.