As Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, it’s always best to begin at the beginning, so here is the most basic definition needed when talking about draperies.

drapery –noun, plural –er – ies.

  1. coverings, hangings, clothing, etc., of fabric, esp. as arranged in loose, graceful folds.
  2. Often, draperies. long curtains, usually of heavy fabric and often designed to open and close across a window.
  3. the draping or arranging of hangings, clothing, etc., in graceful folds.
  4. Art. hangings, clothing, etc., as represented in sculpture or painting.
  5. cloths or textile fabrics collectively.
  6. British.
    1. dry goods
    2. the stock, shop, or business of a draper

[Origin: 1250–1300; ME draperie < OF, equiv. to drap cloth + –erie –ery ]

Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006