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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 making that characterize the Austrian curtain or of the Vertical fullness making 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.
The big round Roman curtain with a Truss structure used for the realization of the scenography of a concert. Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001''
The Roman curtain, 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. Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001''
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. Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001''
Opening test of a Roman curtain with a 28 x 13,4 m size made of ARI - Reps Ignitex, structure with Truss and motorization with 9SW - Longitudinal system with 10 lifting points.Type of making without rods and lifting with soft bottom edge. Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour''
Opening test of a Roman curtain with a 28 x 13,4 m size made of ARI - Reps Ignitex, structure with Truss and motorization with 9SW - Longitudinal system with 10 lifting points.Type of making without rods and lifting with soft bottom edge. Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour''
Opening test of a Roman curtain with a 28 x 13,4 m size made of ARI - Reps Ignitex, structure with Truss and motorization with 9SW - Longitudinal system with 10 lifting points.Type of making without rods and lifting with soft bottom edge. Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour''
The Roman curtain is made with Flat making and it consists of a single part that opens vertically, packing 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 very 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.
Structure
- with Truss
- without Truss
Layout
- straight
- shaped (semi-circle, round, ellipse, polygon, etc.)
Manufacturing
- Flat making only: type without rods
- Flat making only: type with rods
Lifting
- 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

See also ...

Laura Pausini ''Greatest Hits World Tour''

Concerts

Michel Sardou, ''Bercy 2001''

Concerts

Oratory of San Martino

Curtains for multi-purpose settings

Renato Zero, ''Amo Tour''

Concerts

Teatro Pergolesi, ''La traviata''

Lyric opera