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What was the original purpose of puddling a curtain?

The reasoning behind puddling is two-fold. On a practical level, puddling drapery was originally used to prevent cold drafts, which might seep through spaces around a window or where the floor joined the wall, from permeating a room. On a socio-economic level, they symbolized wealth. If you had enough money to allow your drapery to reach the floor in such an overabundant manner, then you were considered affluent.??