Types of Roman Shades

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There are two main styles of Roman shades: flat and hobbled and either variety can have a plain bottom or an embellished bottom. Let’s explore the differences. 


A flat Roman shade is just that, flat. When fully extended, its fabric panel is flat and folds like an accordion when raised. Flat shades offer a timeless, uncluttered design. Depending on how the fabric panel is assembled flat shades can be a single solid piece or with visible seams or pleats.

Hobbled Roman shades are a bit more ornate and feature soft, overlapping folds when fully extended. This creates a flowing, cascade appearance that is more visually interesting than a flat Roman shade. The hobbled shade will retract along its fold lines as it is raised.


Both flat and hobbled Roman shades are available with embellished bottoms. Embellishments include a curved bottom; a vertical pleat in the middle, a bottom that spreads out like a fan, or can include tassels, fringe, or beads.

Room Darkening

For bedrooms, or where light control is required, a darkening liner can be added to the Roman shade. This can reduce sunlight penetration by up to 100% for complete darkness.

Whether you fancy flat or hobbled Roman shades, these window treatments can add style and functionality to your windows.

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