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A Bried History of Roman, Venetian and Roller Blinds

For centuries, people have welcomed sunlight into their homes and used some form of material to block harsh sunlight or provide privacy when needed. In the modern day, we have a wide variety of window dressings available to us, with arguably some of the most popular styles of blind being, the Roman blind, Venetian blind or the roller blind.

In the latest post from Elite Blinds UK, we take a look at a brief history of Roman, Venetian and roller blinds.

Roman Blinds

It is unsurprising that Roman Blinds originate from Rome. It is thought that blinds were originally used in Rome to keep dust and dirt out of peoples homes, especially during the construction of the Colosseum. It was realised that using a material to block openings within walls of a building was also great for blocking out the heat of the harsh sun. As this idea grew in popularity, a wide range of lavish materials began to be used. Today, the Roman blinds we are accustomed to come in various colours and patterns.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds were first introduced to Europe in 1760. Whilst their name would suggest that they originated in Venice, they are believed to have come from Persia. To this day, the French still call the “Les Persienes” as a nod to their history.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are one of the most ubiquitous styles of blind across the country. From homes to places of work, the roller blind is frequently used for practicality and style.

It was in the eighteenth century when individuals began creating blinds with Dutch linen. Later, in Scotland, the linen was changed to fabric, with a chord mechanism introduced to allow for ease of use. By 1864 Stewart Hartshorn had devised something that was most similar to what we use today, showing the long-standing popularity of this style of blind.

Elite Blinds UK

At Elite Blinds UK, we stock a wide variety of blinds, shutters and soft furnishings to help you make your house a home. If you would like more information on our range of products, please get in touch today on 01254 674263.