|This shade kit is from TLC Lampshdes. http://www.tcl-inc.com/kits.htm|
As advances in lighting took place like gas lights and then electric lighting, lighting became more a fixture.
Early bulbs put out little light but were considered so advanced and forward thinking they were proudly displayed. As lighting became more advanced the glare from those bulbs became more apparent and in typically victorian fashion it was decided the lighting, like everything else in the home should be a thing of beauty and sophistication. Glass shades were created and eventually table lamps which were more 'globe' based were treated to finely detailed silk shades.
|This shade is from Victorian lamp shade supply. http://www.victorianlampshadesupply.com/lamp_shade_kits.html|
One word of caution, you should not use high watt bulbs with fabric shades as they give off excessive heat. In fact withe the advent of CFL's a fabric shade is a great way to disguise those ugly bulbs and add a little warmth to the light given off.