How many net curtains hung at the windows of Victorian bedrooms?
Amazingly, up to 10 thicknesses of net curtains could be hung at bedroom windows in the 19th century. The Victorians thought that diseases such as cholera were transferred at night by ‘unhealthy fog’ or ‘night air’ known as ‘miasma’. As a result, windows were almost hermetically sealed to prevent the entry of these unhealthy fumes.
This kind of information is particularly useful to art directors and set designers since it demonstrates how an authentic 19th century bedroom should appear. It also means that the interior of such a bedroom was considerably darker than might first be thought.