Blinds a quick history


Window coverings have been around almost as long as windows. Desert dwellers in the first mud-brick shelters soaked cloths in water and hung them over the windows for cooling. In the Middle Ages, the fine cloth draperies that were hung around poster beds to provide shelter from drafts evolved into drapes hung in front of multi-paned windows. Venetian blinds may have really been invented in Persia, but the Venetians, who were great travelers and traders, brought them home to Venice and then to Paris, and so got credit for their invention.

By the late 18th century, Venetian blinds were shown in paintings depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Soon, they were popping up in such prestigious buildings as the RCA Building in New York City. Window blinds can create a variety of environments in different rooms of your home.

If you want an exciting look in a bathroom, you can use bright colored blinds that provide interest as well as privacy.

Window blinds can also be starkly elegant black on white or white on black in a formal living room or reception area. They’re great in bedrooms where privacy is an issue and in sun rooms where you want to control the amount of light and heat coming in. In short, window blinds affect the look of any room, creating or enhancing the environment you choose. Remember that cheap blinds do not meanpoor quality window blinds, you want your blinds to be around for a long time.

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