valance

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valance

a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
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valance

1. A frame at the top of a window to conceal the tops of decorative draperies.
2. The draperies themselves.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.