In textile terms, it describes a fabric with an open structure achieved by planning the weave with gaps between warp and weft threads. The subsequent sheer/semi-sheer fabric filters light and views, thereby offering privacy, making it a practical solution for blinds, under curtains and at high windows, effective almost anywhere.
Netting and Fishing nets are classic knotted mesh structures.
Mesh structured cloths have an architectural quality when they are stretched out flat, or a feminine feel when used en masse.
However, very open weaves – such as scrim, can be impracticable where there are handles, cats, children and toys that might catch and get caught up in them–a useful fact to keep in mind, both for their and the fabric’s sake!