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Altar Cloths and Paraments

One of my specialties are Altar Cloths and Paraments (cloths for tables and other church furniture). I can make almost any kind of altar cloth, from a basic cloth for a mission to an entire set of cloths for a large church.

When outfitting an Orthodox Christian Church, the first place to begin is with the holy table (altar). The holy table should be the most resplendently-ornamented piece of furniture in the entire church, but since different communities have different budgets, I offer various options:

Fully-dressed: This is the most elaborate altar covering and is comprised of a bottom cloth which is fitted to the altar with buttons and loops at the sides. A top cloth finished with fringe is then placed over it. Prices vary widely depending on the size of the altar and the fabric chosen, but range from $1200 to $3500. Fabrics can be velvet or brocade (either standard brocade or real metal brocade). Custom-embroidered velvet altar cloths are available (see photos below).

Top cloth only: This is the most common type of altar covering used in North America, especially among the Greek and Antiochian jurisdictions (the OCA uses the fully-dressed altar more often), and is excellent when the holy table has some kind of decoration that needs to remain visible (carving, iconography, or mosaic). These cloths can be made from standard brocade or real metal brocade.

Once the holy table is adorned, you may also need auxiliary table covers (such as the Proskomedia table, Memorial table, or tables used for blessed bread, etc.), proskynitaria (icon stand covers; also known as analogia covers), Gospel Covers, Gospel markers, and Chalice Veil sets. I offer a wide variety of options and fabrics. No job is too small or too large, so if you are considering adorning your church, please contact me for swatches, pricing, and various options. Please see prices below.

Curtains: I offer curtains for both the Beautiful Gate (Royal Door) and the Deacon's Doors, as well as any other windows needing coverage (see photo below). These are typically made in burgundy velvet with the amount of embroidery depending on your budget. The simplest curtains have a cross applique sewn to the center; the most elaborate have an embroidery design of a cross with an arch and a border embroidery at the bottom hem. All curtains are finished with drapery crinoline along the top edge so that you can use drapery pins to attach them to your preferred drapery hardware. Due to the wide variety of sizes, prices vary, beginning at $400/curtain. Please inquire if you are interested in pricing and designs.

Podea: this is a very historic style of parament, typically placed under icons carried in processions and eventually becoming permanent pieces hanging under icons installed in churches (podea are frequently seen in churches in Greece). They are a rectangle or square of brocade, finished with galloon around the perimeter, and then hung on 3/8" steel curtain rods under icons either on an iconostasis or on the sides of a church. Prices vary depending on size, beginning at $135/each. These can be a wonderful way of economically ornamenting an undecorated iconostasis, especially in missions (see photo below of St Paul's Mission).

Eiliton: not to be confused with the "ileton" (a double-sided satin cover for the antimension; they share the same name, but I use different spellings to denote the difference), this is a linen top-cloth to go over the brocade holy table cloth. It is made of fine linen and finished with a narrow cotton crochet edging. It is designed to sit on top of the altar with only the edging hanging down slightly. Much more traditional and beautiful than either plastic or glass to top an altar, it also can catch wax drips, which are then easily removed from the eiliton. Prices begin at $150 for a 42-inch by 42-inch altar.

Pricing:

  • All prices are for standard brocades, real metal brocade prices are in ()
  • All prices based upon a 42-inch by 42-inch altar size

    Altar cloth, top cloth only $305 ($505)
    Altar cloth, add per foot over 42-inch by 42-inch, $50/foot ($95)
    Altar cloth, fully dressed $1200 ($1700)
    Altar cloth, embroidered velvet $2000
    Chalice veil set $235 ($275)
    Chalice veil set, embroidered velvet $395
    Proskomedia or memorial table $225 ($275)
    Small proskynitarion/analogian cover 16"x40" $135 ($165)
    Large proskynitarion/analogia cover 18"x72" $210 ($285)
    Gospel cover, square 24"x24" $115 ($145)
    Gospel cover, rectangle 24"x36" $145 ($195)
    Podea, 24"x24" size approx. $125 ($145)
    Royal Door curtain, prices begin at $400/curtain
    Eilition for 42"x42" altar, $150
    Gospel marker, embroidered velvet $60/each
    Custom-sized cloths, prices available upon request (niches, etc.)

    How to Order Altar cloths:

    1. Please email me with the measurements of the tables/furniture you would like cloths made for. I will need to know the width and depth and the height if you want fully-dressed style of cloths.

    2. Once I have your measurements, I can send out either a physical swatch packet or email you swatches. I will then be able to give you a final price quote once I know both the measurements and your fabric choice(s).

    Iconostasis with podea
    Iconostasis with podea
    Narthex with podea (wall-mounted altar cloths)
    Narthex with podea (wall-mounted altar cloths)
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    Alexandria white, green, gold, fully-dressed, altar, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, Huntington, WV
    Alexandria White, Green, Gold Proskynitarion Cover
    Alexandria White, Green, Gold Proskynitarion Cover
    St George Southgate Mi Blue Velvet
    St George, Southgate Mi Blue Velvet Proskynitaria
    St George Southgate Mi Blue Velvet Embroidered Altar Cloth
    St George Southgate Mi Blue Velvet Embroidered Altar Cloth
    St Michael Alaska
    St Michael Alaska
    St Vladimirs Seminary Chapel Ravenna Blue
    St Vladimirs Seminary Chapel Ravenna Blue
    altar cloth
    Holy Trinity, Santa Fe fully-dressed burgundy velvet altar cloth, floral design
    altar cloth
    Beautiful Gate curtain with over arch


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    Eiliton front view

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    Eiliton side view


    Curtains

    Floral Chalice Veil Set

    Floral Chalice Veil Set

    Floral Chalice Veil Set

    Grapevine Chalice Veil Set

    Design 810 chalice veil set

    Grapevine fully-dressed altar
    Grapevine fully-dressed altar