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A Brief History of Blinds
11 October 2016
A Brief History of Blinds

It is thought that Ancient Egypt first came up with the notion of blinds thousands of years ago, as they did with so many things which are still commonplace today. The Egyptians are perhaps the most advanced civilisation the world has ever seen, responsible for inventing paper, the written language, makeup, breath mints, the plow, the calendar, the door lock, adhesive plasters and surgical instruments like copper needles, scissors, and forceps, to name just a few!

However, history records credit the first window blind to English inventor, Edward Bevan in 1769. Bevan patented the first horizontal blind - nevertheless, the first blind installation is recorded a few years prior in St. Peters Church, Rome. Details are a little “shady” to say the least, but the Rome installation coincides with blinds appearing along the European trading routes in the early 1700s, especially around the Eastern Italian routes near Venice. Knowing that, it is of little surprise where the Venetian blind adopted its name.

Venetian blinds then became popular among the wealthy, chiefly in class-orientated England and France during the 1700s in homes, churches and grand buildings. Blinds were associated with wealth for many years to come as the mass production of window blinds did not happen until the end of World War II in North America.

Today, this ancient product has broadened its scope to include roller blinds, combo blinds, vertical blinds, aluminum and wooden Venetians, plantation shutters and even designer blinds which you can have your very own image printed on them. All in a huge range of colours and in any size you require - you don’t even need to leave home to order them!

The function for window coverings hasn’t changed dramatically over time, as they are still used for privacy and ventilation today as they were hundreds of years ago. However, the look, style, and materials certainly have. Nowadays blinds and curtains offer thermal and sunscreen properties to make our homes healthier and protect furniture and carpets from premature aging from sun damage. Better still, blinds can be coupled with another blind (eg: thermal blinds with sunscreen blinds) which offer twice as many benefits and lots of versatility.

The 1970s saw the introduction of the aluminum blind which had smaller slates that were made cheaper and lighter than the traditional Venetian Blind, making it accessible to a substantially larger market.

The 1980s and 90s saw the revival of the wide slatted blinds in wood or faux wood which still remains today. These blinds lend themselves too many interior styles including country, colonial or contemporary, are easy to clean and add value to your home.

Look through many of today’s home and style magazine and you will see the majority of homes and businesses are choosing blinds over heavier drapery because of their simplicity, neatness and easy maintenance. Blinds are usually more cost effective too while offering a functional backdrop to a fresh and welcoming room.

See our range of combo blinds so you can retain heat in the winter while having privacy and light during the summer.