Some interesting blinds facts

  • The tilt mechanism that is utilised on blinds has been used since its original patent back in 1841. The American inventor, James Hampson, had such a good design that it has not changed much from the original concept and there are not many inventions where you can say that!
  • Originally blinds were made from animal hides. They were soaked in water and when a breeze from outside hit them it cooled the air inside. They also offered a good sun screen and offered privacy. Hides were hard to keep though so alternatives were soon needed.
  • We have all heard of Venetian Blinds but do you know where they come from? Venice? Well no actually it was Persia and they were brought to Venice by traders somewhere between 1100 and 1400. The Venice traders also brought slaves to Venice from Persia and it wasn’t until the 17th century that these slaves were released and made their way to Paris. They took with them their blinds and the French called them Les Persienes so at least he French recognised their true heritage. It is thought the Persians got the idea for their blinds from the Egyptians who used reeds tied together to cover their windows which is a technique that was also used in the Far East long before the Persians came up with their designs.

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  • So were Roman Blinds actually from Rome? Well yes! Rome used to be a very dusty place with dust roads and lots of dust also created with the building of the coliseum and other huge buildings in the centre of Rome. This caused problems in people’s homes so they strung wet cloth up at their windows to alleviate the dust problem and Roman Blinds were born.
  • Most us know that trees use Carbon Dioxide out of the air to aid photosynthesis and create Oxygen but did you know that even after the plant is dead it can still absorb Carbon Dioxide? Well if you use natural blinds made of wood or natural fibres it can actually reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide in your home. Nature is an amazing thing isn’t it?