Are you familiar with lambrequins? Pronounced lam-breh-kinz. They are a more traditional window treatment that has been around since the medieval times, where they were used around windows as a pretty way to keep out drafts. As with all classic design elements, the popularity of lambrequins has ebbed and flowed, but they are popping up more and more in recent years.
So what is a lambrequin? It is similar to a cornice, but it has sides that continue to the sill or even the floor.
For example, these window treatments feature cornices;
whereas, these windows are dressed with lamberquins.
When lambrequins were first being used, they were typically painted or stenciled wood, or covered in wallpaper. It wasn’t until around the Victorian Era that they became more elaborate and covered in fabric. The photo below is circa 1850 from the book “Upholstery in America & Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I”.