Due to canopy bed curtains typical posters traditionally used during medieval times by nobles and people of high social status, it is regarded as a sign of prosperity and standing in society. To provide privacy in the bedroom, thick curtains and other fabrics must be hung from the ceiling because the maids and the personal servants are regularly sleeping in the same place with their master in the palace and the magnificent nobility of the time.
The method used to hang this heavy curtain is to attach the cloth to metal rings that run across the iron rods tied to wooden frames on the ceiling. Many of the luxurious and exotic fabrics that are used for canopy bed curtains such as chintz, velvet, and silk are obtained by the rich upper classes of merchants as far as India and Italy.
Following from a four-poster bed during the 15th and 16th centuries, canopy bed curtains evolved and gained popularity because this bedding style gives curtains to be hung from a wooden frame that completely covers the bed. The attractive and decorative woven fabrics are made as a bed curtain especially to hang between the poles on this large canopy bed.