CurtainTime_Ilya and Elaine Kohen

Curtain Time Featured in the Boston Globe

We are happy to announce that Curtain Time Owners, Ilya and Elaine Kohen, were featured in the Boston Globe.

Below is a reprint of that article, or view Globe Correspondent Wendy Killeen’s original article on

An Engineered Approach to Curtains

October 6, 2015

After working as an electrical engineer for several companies, Ilya Kohen decided in 1992 to do contract work.

“It unleashed an entrepreneurial spirit in me,” he said, and led him to import fabrics and other goods from his native Turkey.

“I sold them to businesses and it took off,” Kohen said.

In 2002, he stopped in at Curtain Time in Stoneham, which had been in business since 1981, to sell his wares. The owner said, “No, I’m 72 years old. But if you want to buy [the store], let’s talk.”

“Next thing I knew I owned the place,” said Kohen.

We talked with Kohen, 64, of Newton, who with his wife, Elaine, operates Curtain Time.

Q. Store?

A. A 4,000-square-foot showroom, with 16-foot ceilings and a 4,000-square-foot museum-quality [no moisture] storage area.

Q. Offerings?

A. Bread-and-butter items such as café sets ($10 to $12); to full-size panels ($30 to $40); to semicustom, 1,000 fabrics you can point to and a book of styles and ‘poof’ we make that for you. We make a point of not being strictly traditional or modern. We cater to customers on a one-on-one basis.

Q. Full custom?

A. We can come to your house and discuss your design plans and come up with an optimal solution. And we do installations. Customs range from $300 to $500.

Q. New items?

A. Twice a year, my wife and I go to trade shows in New York where manufacturers are introducing new designs. We buy things we never carried before, to stay current.

Q. Challenges?

A. Someone came in with a high-end luxury limo and wanted curtains for its six large windows. I quizzed him and came up with Roman shades built into the wall and motorized, with the driver able to operate them from an iPhone. I enjoy people and working with customers and these challenges. I come to life in this store when I put my engineer hat on.

– by Wendy Killeen

Wendy Killeen can be reached at

Curtain Time, 367 Main Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts

(781) 438-8151

Curtain Time, 367 Main Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts

(781) 438-8151

Olde Towne's Garden Crewel

Fabric Feature: Garden Crewel

If you were to judge Curtain Time’s book by its cover, what you would see is a 4,000 square foot, showroom packed with hundreds of ready-made window panels, valances, kitchen tiers, door panels, grommets, sheers, sidelight curtains, shower curtains, and bedding that you could purchase and take home with you today.   Curtain Time of Stoneham is much more than that though.

Our selection of thousands of fabric options also allows you to create custom-made window coverings for your home.  Browse our fabric books or ask our in-store consultants to choose a few samples in your color scheme.  They can coordinate with your current home decor or help choose a new fabric to use as a starting point for your new design.

Today, we’d like to feature just one of our many fabric choices from Olde Towne Window Works.   Olde Towne provides us with gorgeous, traditional fabrics in modern color schemes to update your windows.  Their substantial 54-inch widths add fullness and volume.  Introducing…

Olde Towne Window Works’ Garden Crewel

Garden Crewel, Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel by Olde Towne Window Works

Olde Towne offers a fantastic selection of traditional floral prints in the colors you’d find in today’s homes – from sea blues, to moss green and berry reds, and warm tea colors.

Garden Crewel Seaglass by Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel Seaglass by Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel Berry by Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel Berry by Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel Tea by Olde Towne Window Works

Garden Crewel Tea by Olde Towne Window Works

Stop in to Curtain Time in Stoneham, Massachusetts and one of our expert design consultants can assist you in creating the window panels that suite your home perfectly.

Curtain Time, 367 Main Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts

(781) 438-8151