Venetian Blinds found its way into the European homes in the mid-1700s. It has been called by many names. It was persiana to the Italians, jalousie a la persienne to the French and Venetian Blinds to the English. Historical facts reveal that Venetian Blinds did not originate from Persia or Venice. Ancient Egyptians have been attributed as being the precursor of window blinds, using fixed horizontal slats. Sometime in the 1750s, an innovative French craftsman popularized the adjustable horizontal window blinds. The Venetian Blind was a welcome alternative to heavy draperies, which were heavier and more difficult to maintain.
Venetian Blind is a type of window covering characterized by horizontal slats, which are arranged one on top of the other. The slats partially block the glare from the sun, yet it allows enough light to enter the room. This type of window covering allows better ventilation, especially during the summer. The modern Venetian Blinds come with mechanisms to lift the blinds or to control the opening of the slats.
Plastic and aluminium are the most popular materials used for Venetian Blinds. These materials are lightweight and easy to clean. Venetian Blinds made out of plastic or aluminium are ideal to use in offices or commercial spaces. They are inexpensive, practical and sophisticated. Horizontal window blinds made of wood and bamboo are also popular. Interestingly, horizontal window blinds made of wood and bamboo do not fall under the general Venetian Blinds category. They are simply called wood blind and bamboo blind. Regardless of their nomenclature, these natural organic materials radiate warmth and comfort to any living spaces.