Roman window shades provide a sophisticated window treatment that is that is both functional and stylish. Not only do they look wonderful, they provide privacy and are great insulation as well. Roman window shades can provide privacy and insulation or filter the light and view in a more ephemeral manner, depending on the sheerness or heaviness of the fabric. There are basically four styles, classic, soft or relaxed, hobbled or top down bottom up. Roman window shades in classic design is timeless and the shades can be used alone or combined with valances or panels to create a completely coordinated fabric unit. Their unique feature is in the way the shade folds. Through a series of ring columns, string is threaded and passed through a pulley type mechanism. All the strings exit on the same side. By pulling the strings, the shade folds up from the bottom, accordion style. And because people have so many different tastes and styles, roman window shades come in a variety of fabrics and different folding styles.