With its new Metropole design, Silent Gliss reinterprets the tried and tested curtain pole as a highly flexible track with a patented, ultra-quiet running mechanism.

Thinking around the corner: with Metropole from Silent Gliss, even bay windows can be equipped with continuous curtains

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

Thinking around the corner: with Metropole from Silent Gliss, even bay windows can be equipped with continuous curtains

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  • Metropole System SG 7600

    Metropole System SG 7600

    Silent Gliss

We can all name things that seem to us to have always existed in their current form. Some time ago, we told you how Swiss brand Silent Gliss first came up with the original product of its kind, and later to develop into a range of diversity and perfection. Here, again, is the short version: As is so often the case, a supposedly banal – though for the company's founder Alexander Weber not insignificant – everyday problem provided the spark of inspiration for this business idea. At the time, the engineer became concerned about his young daughter's sleep owing to his neighbours' curtains which, night after night, made disturbing noises when they were drawn. He did not stay idle for long. Without further delay, he proceeded to invent the aluminium curtain track with plastic gliders, which from then on allowed for the quiet closing and opening of curtains, and would one day – as you know already – become an interior-design standard.

  • Metropole System SG 7610

    Metropole System SG 7610

    Silent Gliss

Metropole is a combination of classic curtain pole and track – available in various colours, with three round profiles or rectangular variants

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

Metropole is a combination of classic curtain pole and track – available in various colours, with three round profiles or rectangular variants

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It has been 70 years since Silent Gliss was launched. Seven decades during which there have been numerous technical developments, as well as further design innovations, often derived from very specific room requirements. This was the case, for example, with Metropole, the idea for which was born in Great Britain because of the apartment buildings famous for their bay windows.


Metropole combines the look of the classic curtain pole with the functionality and space efficiency of a track


Silent Gliss set itself the task of finding a form that was as compact as possible, yet appropriate to the Victorian architectural style. Metropole combines the look of the classic curtain pole with the functionality and space efficiency of a track. The need for loops, rings or eyelets became a thing of the past, as the curtain is suspended directly from gliders in the internal sliding channel of the track.

  • Metropole System SG 7605

    Metropole System SG 7605

    Silent Gliss

The curtain is hung by means of patented two-component gliders on the internal sliding channel, making eyelets, rings or loops a thing of the past

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

The curtain is hung by means of patented two-component gliders on the internal sliding channel, making eyelets, rings or loops a thing of the past

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Patented principle

Silent Gliss has just completely revised the product again and optimised it in such a way that – with the help of specially developed and patented two-component gliders – guarantees particularly smooth handling. Since the profiles are made of the relatively soft material aluminium, the poles can be individually bent to fit into bay windows or other special window situations. Metropole, however, also proves to be well-suited in front of wide window fronts, namely, by allowing the curtain to move smoothly along its entire length. The brackets, which are available in various shapes and can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, are never in the way – unlike when using eyelets – but are discreetly concealed behind in a colour that matches the profile. Magnetic covers camouflage the mounting details.

Discreet mounting brackets securely hold the track at the desired distance from the window. The decorative finish is provided by end pieces, which are available in a range of understated designs, from classic to contemporary

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

Discreet mounting brackets securely hold the track at the desired distance from the window. The decorative finish is provided by end pieces, which are available in a range of understated designs, from classic to contemporary

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To harmonise with a wide range of interiors, Silent Gliss offers the systems in various colour tones: from white and white matt to silver, bronze and black. Metropole is also available in three round profiles with diameters of 23, 30 and 50 mm as well as a rectangular version (36 mm high). The end caps and finials, each adapted to the size, are available for the round version in the contemporary, unobtrusively designed versions Flush, Stud, Design, Ellipse, Taper, Ball or Spear, and for the rectangular profile in Flush or Stud.

  • Metropole System SG 7620

    Metropole System SG 7620

    Silent Gliss

On this renovation project in London, Metropole pays tribute to the house's Victorian heritage, harmonising the system's visual, acoustic and comfort benefits with original historical elements

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

On this renovation project in London, Metropole pays tribute to the house's Victorian heritage, harmonising the system's visual, acoustic and comfort benefits with original historical elements

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From townhouse to chalet

Two projects in Great Britain, in which Metropole has already been used, prove how far apart the areas of application can be in terms of style. On the one hand, a renovated private house in London, whose Victorian heritage had to be harmonised with a modern style of living. In several rooms, Metropole with conical or elliptical end pieces meets stucco-decorated ceilings, and the aforementioned bay window is also skilfully staged. As a one-stop shop for interior privacy and sun protection, Silent Gliss also supplied the curtain fabrics and a dim-out roller blind in the bedroom. The other project is a luxurious residence on the beach at Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, where the sea view is captured by room-wide and floor-to-ceiling window openings. Here, too, the Metropole curtain track was utilised, extending across the entire width of the window in a restrained white.

The use of Silent Gliss with Metropole in this luxurious private apartment on the beach at Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, England, demonstrates how the system can also be used in sophisticated modern interiors

Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News

The use of Silent Gliss with Metropole in this luxurious private apartment on the beach at Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, England, demonstrates how the system can also be used in sophisticated modern interiors

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  • Metropole System SG 7600

    Metropole System SG 7600

    Silent Gliss

Whether in an apartment building, a chalet, a holiday hotel in the mountains or a townhouse, no one need any more be woken up at night as a result of noisy curtain tracks. And still today, the team at Silent Gliss, headquartered in Bern, continues to perfect the finer points of this everyday piece of domestic technology. How else to develop the humble curtain track into the smartest and quietest one of its kind?

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