These are great for what you are paying. They are blackout and are black! Used for my sons bedroom as the light was waking him up. He now can't tell if his blinds behind the curtain are open or not! Shiny in texture and very lightweight, which I think is good for easy of pulling. They have been hanging a week and still look a little creased, but it doesn't really show being black. Not sure how lighter colours would look. I wouldn't try to iron them as they are not cotton.