Venetian Blinds – History

People often refer to window blinds as Venetian blinds, without knowing what they are or without knowing where they actually came. They read in magazines about them, look in the classifieds for their own pair of blinds or they simply request them in shops or on shopping websites around the world. Hope you all find this article interesting.

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Venetian blinds have horizontal slats, one above another. They are suspended by strips of cloth / tapes or by cords. All slats in unison can be rotated through almost 180 degrees. Slats can be rotated in such a way that they overlap with 1 side facing inward and then in the opposite direction in such a way that they overlap with the other side facing inward. Various degrees of separation may be effected between the slats by varying the rotation between extremes. Lift cords pass through slots in each individual slat. If you pull the cords the bottom of the blind moves up, which causes the lowest slats to press into the bottom of the next slat as it’s raised. Modern lift cords combine with rotational cords in slots on the 2 edges of each individual slat. This avoids slots otherwise required to allow slats to rotate, although a lift cord passes through it. This decreases the amount of light passing through a closed blind. A slat can be between 16-120 mm wide. 50 mm is the common width for slats.

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Venetian blinds are made of metal or plastic. They basic slatted blinds. Wood slats are used sometimes, but then the blinds are usually referred to as wood blinds or bamboo blinds. On the 11th of December, 1769 Edward Beran patented Venetian Blinds in London in the United Kingdom. In reality, Venetian blinds were invented by the Japanese many years before. The early history is conjectural. Early Venetians, who were great traders, are thought to have brought the idea of the blind from Persia to Venice. Once the Venetian slaves were freed, they are thought to have brought the blind to France for personal comfort, as a means of making a living. “Les Persienes” is what Venetian blinds are called in French. St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia in the US was fitted with Venetian blinds in 1761. John Webster of London was the first pioneer of the Venetian Blind in the US. He advertised his wares in 1767. In the 1787 painting by J. L. Gerome Ferris, entitled “The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention.” Venetian blinds appeared. In other illustrations, venetian blinds are shown at Independence Hall in Philadelphia (at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776). Since then, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, venetian blinds have widely been adopted in office buildings to regulate light and / or air. Rockefeller Center’s RCA Building, a modern complex, known as the Radio City building in New York City, adopted Venetian blinds when it was completed in the 1930s. Burlington Venetian Blind Co., of Burlington, Vt. placed one of the biggest orders for Venetian blinds for the windows of the 102 storey Empire State Building in New York City.

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Venetian blinds are quite common in apartments and office complexes around the world nowadays. I, for one wouldn’t mind having them in my apartment. They are great for interior decorating and they bring a little style, compared to dull curtains which lack style in my opinion.

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~ by runningwolfsa on August 5, 2009.

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