Roman curtains

custom systems

The Roman curtain is similar to the Austrian curtain and to the Venetian curtain, but the curtain is with flat making when it's closed, without the drapes of the horizontal fullness that characterize the Austrian curtain or of the vertical fullness that characterize the Venetian curtain.
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The mechanism of the Roman curtain is the same of that of Venetian curtain and of Austrian curtain.In the sketch it's represented one of the various kinds of realization, that manual, without Truss and with 9SW - Longitudinal system in which the lifting points are connected to the inferior edge of the curtain and they are sent to the Counterweight, that neutralizes the load constituted by the weight of the curtain, making possible in this way the manual operation.Type of making without rods and lifting with soft bottom edge.
Teatro Pergolesi, ''La traviata'' In the background, Roman curtain with 11 lifting points ...
... made of HSE - Tempesta 8. grey, 13,7 x h 12 m.
Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001'' A big round Roman curtain with a Truss structure ...
... manufactured with the light iridescent HLU - Lucilla fabric, during the opening test.16 m high, with a diameter of 12 m and a circumference of almost 38 m, the curtain was actually composed by four sections, each one of them covering an angle of 90°.Each section could go up and down independently or contemporarily.
A detail of the circular carrying structure of the Roman curtain realized with 7QX30 - Square trusses 29 cm with one of the four Engines for special systems of the 9SW - Longitudinal system that operated the lifting and the lowering of the curtain.The structure is here on the ground during the phases of installation.
Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour'' Opening test of a Roman curtain with a 28 x h 13,4 m size made of ARI - Reps Ignitex ...
The Roman curtain is made with flat making and it consists of a single tail that opens vertically, collectling the fabric from the bottom upwards by means of a system of cables and guiding rings sewn on the its back.
Its mechanics are therefore the same that are used by the Venetian opening and the Austrian opening, whose curtains are however totally different in terms of aesthetics.
Sober but elegant, it is not often found as a main curtain, while it is frequently used for tulle or muslin backdrops to be used as a support for projections during all kinds of shows, because it allows effectively and in a budget friendly way the vertical opening where a low stage height does not permit the installation of a Fly opening.
The flat making prevents the Roman curtain from being opened with a shaped bottom edge.
- with Truss
- without Truss
- straight
- shaped (semi-circle, round, ellipse, polygon, etc.)
- flat making only: type without rods
- flat making only: type with rods
- with horizontal only and soft bottom edge (type without rods)
- with horizontal only and stretched bottom edge (type with rods)

Manual operation
- 9SW - Longitudinal system (light curtains only)
- 9SW - Longitudinal system with Counterweight
- 9ST - Foldable system (light curtains only)

Video & Documentation

Roman curtain, opening test

This material was used for...

Laura Pausini, ''Greatest Hits World Tour''


Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001''


Oratory of San Martino

Curtains for multi-purpose settings

Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour''


Teatro Pergolesi, ''La traviata''

Lyric opera