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Masking & Blackout Fabrics

Masking curtains are an indispensable element of stagecraft. They are almost always black and have the job of blocking and absorbing light and sound and to focus the audience’s attention on the featured performance and scenery. In the theatre, masking usually consists of legs, borders, tabs and blackout curtains.

Masking fabrics also have many uses outside of theatre. They are widely used for arena and bowl reduction, defining spaces in large events as well as light management on TV and film sets, to name a few.

Use the charts below to narrow down your choice of masking fabrics to suit the requirements of your project and budget. Inherently Flame Retardant synthetics are listed separately from natural fiber fabics, and the fabrics are listed in descending order of price from the most to the least expensive. The brief comments are meant as a starting point in the process of Rose Brand helping you to focus on the best options for your application.

 

Blackness Light Block/Opacity Acoustic Sound Absorption
The blacker and more neutral, the better to absorb light. These descriptions are somewhat subjective but can serve to help narrow down your choices. Very few fabrics are a total UV light block, but if they are at least 90% opaque they can be used as functionally opaque in most settings if there are not lights shining directly on the back of the curtains. All of the masking fabrics provide sound dampening while some are better than the others. As always with acoustics, the characteristics of the fabric are one of several important factors in the context of any particular venue along with the distance from walls, fullness, lining and other architectural elements.

IFR SYNTHETICS

Fabric Width Blackness Light Block/Opacity Acoustic Sound Absorption Comments
32 oz. Royale 54" Superior 99% Very Good** Heavy weight deep pile for large scale venues
25 oz. Charisma 54" Best IFR Black 90% Very Good** The most widely used IFR velour for permanent masking
22 oz. Encore 64" Good 99% Best** The Standard for schools, durable and wrinkle resistant
20 oz. Crescent 54" Superior 90% Very Good** Widely used for high end tours and permanent house masking
23 oz. Athena 60" Superior 95% Very Good Good for schools and arena reduction masking
14 oz. Magician 54" Superior 85% Good Very black light weight napped velour
13 oz. Apollo 54" Good 85% Good Most economical napped IFR velour
15 oz. Encore 62" Good 70% Very Good** The standard for rental masking, durable and wrinkle resistant
16 oz. Athena 60" Superior 90% Very Good** Great for arena reduction masking
12 oz. Brava 54" Standard 100% Satisfactory The most economical IFR light blocking masking
IFR 16 oz. Commando 62" Standard 99% N/A The most economical 99% light blocking masking

FR NATURAL FIBER

Fabric Width Blackness Light Block/Opacity Acoustic Sound Absorption Comments
25 oz. Wizard 54" Best 85% Good Super light absorbency
20 oz. Merlin 59" Superior 90% Good The blackest, most light absorbing
32 oz. Magic 54" Superior 99% Best** Heavy weight deep pile for large venues
30 oz. Wool Serge 59" Good 99% Very Good** No nap/pile direction. Most popular in Europe.
25 oz. Memorable 54" Superior 99% Best** Most widely used cotton velour for permanent masking
21 oz. Marvel 54" Good 90% Good Widely used for show masking
16 oz. Commando 54" Standard 99% N/A The most economical masking that is opaque
12 oz. Light Weight Commando 54" Standard 70% N/A A good buy when opacity isn't necessary
8 oz. Duvetyn 54" Standard 50% N/A The most economical masking for covering areas, but not for blocking light
 
**Acoustical Test Reports available under the product's Technical Information tab.

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22 oz. Encore™ Synthetic Velour, IFR

  • Beige 64 inches
  • Bermuda 64 inches
  • Black 64 inches
  • Cabernet 64 inches
  • Corona 64 inches
  • Crimson 64 inches
  • Cypress 64 inches
  • Espresso 64 inches
  • Ice-Blue 64 inches
  • Iris 64 inches
  • Pewter 64 inches
  • Plum 64 inches
  • Provincial 64 inches
  • Royal-Blue 64 inches
  • White 64 inches
This 64" wide, medium weight brushed 100% Avora® polyester is totally opaque, durable and wrinkle resistant.
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Price Ranges
Cut $22.23 - $22.91
Full Piece $18.50 - $19.10

14 oz. Magician Velour, IFR

  • Black 54 inches
Nearly opaque, 54" wide deep black lightweight IFR velour is ideal for masking.
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Price Ranges
Cut $19.75
Full Piece $15.80

15 oz. Encore™ Synthetic Velour, IFR

  • Beige 62 inches
  • Bermuda 62 inches
  • Black 62 inches
  • Cabernet (Red) 62 inches
  • Corona 62 inches
  • Crimson 62 inches
  • Cypress 62 inches
  • Espresso 62 inches
  • Ice-Blue 62 inches
  • Iris 62 inches
  • Pewter 62 inches
  • Plum 62 inches
  • Provincial 62 inches
  • Royal-Blue 62 inches
  • Slate-HD Grey 62 inches
  • White 62 inches
This 62" wide, light weight brushed polyester, Class A fire rated fabric drapes beautifully, and is ideal for swags, Austrian drapes and masking.
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Price Ranges
Cut $15.94 - $17.53
Full Piece $12.75 - $13.50

54" - 78" Commando 16 oz Black FR

  • Black 54 inches
Black, 100% Cotton, 16 oz. Commando Cloth (known on the West Coast as "Duvetyn") is a versatile and durable drapery fabric.
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Price Ranges
Cut $9.20 - $19.50
Full Piece $5.25 - $13.00

54" - 118" Duvetyn 8 oz Black FR

  • Black 54 inches
The most economical black masking fabric available. Light-weight 8 oz. cotton with a brushed matte finish.
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Price Ranges
Cut $6.75 - $13.57
Full Piece $4.50 - $10.60

54" - 118" Light Weight Commando 12 oz Black FR

  • Black 54 inches
Between Duvetyn and Commando Cloth in weight at 12 oz., in 54" or 118" widths.
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Price Ranges
Cut $7.50 - $18.48
Full Piece $5.00 - $14.45

25 oz. Wizard Velour, FR

  • Black 54 inches
The blackest, most light absorbing, heavyweight velour available. Opaque, flame retardant, 100% cotton, 54" wide.
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Price Ranges
Cut $37.70
Full Piece $29.00

118" Double-Faced Commando 18 oz Black FR

  • Black 118 inches
Our 18 oz. 100% cotton black Commando Cloth with a brushed finish on both sides.
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Price Ranges
Cut $22.50
Full Piece $15.00

118" Double-Faced Commando 18 oz White FR

  • White 118 inches
Our 18 oz. 100% cotton white Commando Cloth with a brushed finish on both sides.
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Price Ranges
Cut $21.76
Full Piece $17.00

54" - 68" Black Ranger Cloth Lining, FR

  • Black 54 inches
This 100% cotton, black medium weight fabric is usually used as a lining for velour draperies.
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Price Ranges
Cut $8.25 - $9.24
Full Piece $5.50 - $6.85

56" Avora Lining, Black, IFR

  • Black 56 inches
This light weight, black VISA® Intrinsic FR polyester is an economical synthetic for lining synthetic velour drapes.
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Price Ranges
Cut $8.65
Full Piece $5.75

102" Black Speaker Cloth, FR

  • Black 102 inches
Mask speakers with this wide 100% cotton fabric that combines a brushed surface for masking with good acoustical qualities.
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Price Ranges
Cut $10.13
Full Piece $7.50

110" Smoke Out®, IFR

  • Light-Grey 110 inches
For stretched ceilings over exhibitions, trade show booths, and museum displays.
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Price Ranges
Cut $65.21
Full Piece $48.30

126" Avora Lining Plus, Black, IFR

  • Black 126 inches
A heavier version of our Avora™ lining with greater opacity and protection of face fabric. VISA® Intrinsic FR polyester.
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Price Ranges
Cut $10.25
Full Piece $6.25

16 oz. Athena, IFR

  • Black 60 inches
  • Cabernet 60 inches
  • Gold 60 inches
  • Royal 60 inches
  • Scarlet 60 inches
  • Silver 60 inches
  • White 60 inches
A 60" wide lightweight IFR brushed polyester fabric that is totally opaque, durable and wrinkle resistant.
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Price Ranges
Cut $16.50
Full Piece $11.00

23 oz. Athena, IFR

  • Black 58 inches
  • Cabernet 58 inches
  • Gold 58 inches
  • Royal 58 inches
  • Scarlet 58 inches
  • Silver 58 inches
  • White 58 inches
Our new 23 oz. Athena is a great choice for larger scale applications that require heavy duty curtains. 58" wide.
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Price Ranges
Cut $25.50
Full Piece $17.00

40" Black Kevlar Heatshield, FR

  • Black 40 inches
Black heat shield providing continuous protection to 600ºF
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Cut $27.47
Full Piece $23.35

59" Wool Serge 30 oz. IFR

  • Black 59 inches
Used widely in Europe for maskings, 59" wide, 30 oz. wool serge has a matte finish with no nap direction.
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Price Ranges
Cut $25.50
Full Piece $20.40

60" Black Heat Stop, IFR

  • Black 60 inches
Protects drapes from hot lights. Continuous protection to 1100° F.
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Cut $38.65
Full Piece $32.20

60" Underwater, Black, NFR

  • Black 60 inches
Color safe for use in pools and tanks.
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Price Ranges
Cut $10.00
Full Piece $8.50

64" Sonic Stretch, FR

  • Black 64 inches
  • White 64 inches
This FR 100% polyester speaker grille fabric, in black or white, is an acoustically transparent soft knit that can stretch taut on a frame or be draped.
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Price Ranges
Cut $18.05
Full Piece $13.00

96" Melt Out, IFR

  • Black 96 inches
  • Blue 96 inches
  • Dark-Grey 96 inches
  • Light-Grey 96 inches
  • Red 96 inches
  • White 96 inches
New economical overhead trade show ceiling fabric for stretched ceilings over exhibitions, trade show booths, and museum displays.
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Price Ranges
Cut $28.70 - $31.20
Full Piece $23.90 - $26.00

Commando Black IFR

  • Black 60 inches
Permanently flame resistant alternative to regular commando.
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Price Ranges
Cut $20.25 - $27.50
Full Piece $15.50 - $21.95

120" LiteOut™ Black, IFR

  • Black 120 inches
The lightest weight IFR blackout fabric available.
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Price Ranges
Cut $24.75
Full Piece $19.80

122" LiteOut™ B/W, IFR

  • Black-White 122 inches
Black on one side, plus a highly reflective white side for superior projections results.
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Price Ranges
Cut $29.25
Full Piece $23.40

Blackout Lining, IFR

  • Black/Grey 54 inches
  • Grey-White 54 inches
  • White-White 54 inches
Polyester/Cotton lining that provides total light blockage.
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Price Ranges
Cut $10.25 - $16.38
Full Piece $6.25 - $12.60

54" Commando 16 oz Colors FR

  • Beige 54 inches
  • Blueberry 54 inches
  • Cranberry 54 inches
  • Fire-Red 54 inches
  • Forest 54 inches
  • Grey 54 inches
  • White 54 inches
100% Cotton, 16 oz. Commando Cloth (known on the West Coast as "Duvetyn") is a versatile and durable drapery fabric.
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Price Ranges
Cut $9.88
Full Piece $7.70

118" Light Weight Commando 12 oz Colors FR

  • Blue 118 inches
  • Burgundy 118 inches
  • Red 118 inches
Light-weight (12 oz.) 100% cotton Commando Cloth in colors is a versatile and durable drapery fabric.
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Price Ranges
Cut $18.48
Full Piece $14.45

54" Duvetyn 8 oz Colors FR

  • Dark-Grey 54 inches
  • Royal-Blue 54 inches
  • Silver 54 inches
  • White 54 inches
  • Wine 54 inches
The most economical masking fabric available in colors. Light-weight 8 oz. cotton with a brushed matte finish.
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Price Ranges
Cut $7.94
Full Piece $6.20