The Fix: Big windows can be both a blessing and a curse, especially if there are neighboring homes close by. Blakeney's practical-yet-chic tip? "Get a double curtain rod and hang a heavy fabric on the outside — I like to use kantha quilts as black-out curtains," she says. " Then hang a romantic voile or linen on the inside for daytime privacy."
The more typical kantha design would have a lotus medallion in the center, which symbolized the universe, and four trees, one in each of the corners. The rest of the quilt would be embroidered with different motifs — birds, fish, animals and people. The decorations embroidered on the kanthas were endowed with a similar protective symbolism. They were used around the home for everything, from winter quilts and wraps for books or other precious objects to mats used for ceremonial purposes.