I had low expectations for these draperies after having read that they were unlined and polyester. To ensure that we get custom quality window treatments, I usually make all window treatments for our home. I made the decision to purchase window treatments for one room in our new home to make life easier for myself, and was SHOCKED when I received them today. Stunning! We ordered the "merlot" color, and both the panels and color are so much more than they appear. The fabric truly looks like real silk...it even has the natural irridescence of a silk taffeta. The damask design is velvety and looks so rich. If I had one complaint, it would be that they are unlined, however I plan to sew in a lining myself. If you are on the fence, please do not hesitate to buy. These are not your average panels that you can walk into any store and purchase! We are placing our order for more panels this evening.