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The Tab Curtain...Explained

We receive a lot of phone calls from people who are curious about Tab curtains. Tab curtains are often used as grand drapes to provide both dramatic impact when revealing a stage and as a practical way to hide off-stage elements that would otherwise be seen in the wings.

The following video provides a sense of how a Tab Curtain looks and operates. For more information on different types of curtains please see the Custom Sewing section of our Web site. You'll find more curtain demonstrations as well as explanations of different curtain types, curtain fullness, curtain finishes and more. See the main body content of the page as well as the links along the left side. 

How and Where to Get a Really, Really Large Painted Backdrop...Quickly!


Oliphant Studio Begins Work on a 20'H x 280'W Custom Painted Backdrop in Rose Brand's Warehouse

Here at Oliphant we paint very large backdrops in a very short time. That is our claim to fame and we take pride in always doing a good job. The actual painting area in our New York City studio is about 20’x 45’ which is pretty small compared to the size and number of drops we produce, but we always figure out how to get the job done. 

So I felt pretty discouraged when production designer Stefan Beckman called during February’s Fashion Week. He was producing the Hermes Launch party and he wanted a 20’x 280’ seamless muslin painted sunset (similar to the paintings of artist Ed Ruscha) and he needed it in a week. Once installed the drop would encircle the room representing a twilight sky behind a turn of the century wharf. It sounded like a great job but I had no earthly idea how I could pull this off in a week. So I did what I often do when I have no idea how to do something; I called my friend Josh at Rose Brand. More...