The Horizontal Venetian Blinds:
“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful. “ So said Ninon de L’Enclos, who was a French author, referring to Les Persienes, popularly known as Venetian blinds. Decorating windows for centuries, Venetian blinds are as beautiful as they are functional. They are considered a classic choice for any commercial or residential buildings.
It is said that the Venetian Blinds are not so Venetian, after all. They originated in Persia and were brought to Venice by the merchants who carried out trade in Persian regions. Hence, the French call the Venetian Blinds ‘Les Persienes’ – giving credit to its real origins that are again questionable. There is evidence that ancient Egyptians made blinds by stringing reeds together. The Chinese did the same but used bamboo instead of reeds, the models of which can be seen in the country even to this day. Traders probably took the idea of blinds back to Persia, from where it was introduced to Europe when slaves were freed and returned home. The penniless slaves tried to make a buck by tying thin wood sections together with ribbons. There was no looking back since. Today, the credit for the invention of Venetian Blinds goes to an Englishman, Edward Beran, who is the said to be the smart person to patent them in 1769, although an English physicist, Gowin Knight, was proved to have patented them in 1760. In 1841, John Hampson added the ability to change the angle of horizontal slats, which paved way for the modern blinds that adorn windows all over the world. They eventually made their way to the USA and were even installed in St. Peter’s Church, in Philadelphia, USA, in 1961.
Adoption Of Venetian Blinds In USA.
Americans adopted the Venetian blinds with love, mounting them on office buildings to gain control of light and privacy. The first commercial complex in USA to install Venetian blind was the Radio City building in Rockefeller Center in 1930s. The Empire State Building followed suit by installing blinds for its windows to control light as well as wind that rushed at its higher floors. With this last installation, Venetian blinds climbed to great heights of popularity. They are now seen in homes, offices and other commercial areas all over USA.
Since the days they were created out of reeds or bamboo strips, Venetian blinds have come a long way today. They fit into every kind of décor, building, and window with ease, making them the preferred window dressing. Though technology has progressed in leaps and bounds, the basic methodology of creating Venetian blinds hasn’t changed much. Even to this day, Venetian blind is manufactured by placing metal, plastic or wooden slats one above another (horizontally), held together with ladder cords, often decorated with strips of cloth.
Since all the slats are interconnected, they can be rotated in unison up to 180 degrees, when the inner slats face the opposite side. They can be stopped at any angle between 0 – 180 degrees to control the amount of light passing through it. The blinds can be raised to various levels as well. When the blind slats are completely pulled up, it leaves your window completely exposed without any covering. This allows the maximum amount of light to stream into your room. The slats are either flat or curve-edged, depending on the final visual effect the craftsmen are aiming for. The slats are also available in different textures, sizes and designs to meet different functional and aesthetic purposes. Narrow slats add to the beauty of the blinds whereas wider slats make for a better view and stack compactly. The slat sizes vary from 1 to 3-inches with 2 inch slat being the most common choice of customers.
Some people prefer to have stylish designs on the surface of the slats to give the blinds a chic appearance. Venetian blinds has widened horizons in the window covering scenario to pave the way for specific categories of blinds like Aluminum Window Blinds, Composite Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds, Natural Blinds, Real Wood Blinds, and Vinyl Blinds.
Since the corded window blinds carry potential strangulation hazard for children, US CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) recommends cordless or motorized operating options for your Venetian blinds.
One of the most attractive features of Venetian Blinds is their color choices that can meet the style quota of any interior décor. Alabaster, White Gloss, Aluminum, Beige, Black Satin, Buff, Burgundy, Cameo, Char Brown, Coconut, Creamy Beige, Crystal White, Desert Sand, Fawn, Flax, Forest Shadow, Granite, Gray Haze, Ice, Lamplight, Matte White, Milk Chocolate, Parchment, Pitch Black, Raw Umber, Real Red, Silver, Smokey Gray, Snowcap White, Stucco, True Blue and Vanilla are just some of the colorsin the wide spectrum of colors available to you.
· Cost effectiveness
· Light weight
· Can withstand high humidity
· Doesn’t warp
· Saves on energy bills
In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Venetian wood, and faux wood blinds provide insulation from harsh weather conditions outside your home. Manufactured by renowned brands like Graber, Crown, Norman and the Comfortex, the premium quality blinds continue to serve you for years to come. Many people have accepted them to be the better alternative to window curtains.
Besides being very practical in their functionality, Faux Wood blinds are fashionable, trendy, stylish and mod in their appearance. Slowly and steadily, Venetian wood blinds have gone through their evolutionary process to reach a level where their installation changes a simple home to a smart home.
Are you ready for a smart home?