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The History of Blinds

When admiring the numerous advancements in home décor and technology, window blinds are probably near the bottom of the list.  However, window blinds have been useful decorating tools in homes for many centuries.  It is believed that the first window blinds were originally developed many years ago in ancient Egypt.  The desert climate created the perfect setting for the development of blinds with the intense heat and powerful sand storms.  The ancient Egyptians used wetted strips of cloth to cover the windows to keep the dirt and sun out.   Around the same time, the ancient Chinese began tying bamboo stalks together to create makeshift window blinds.  Both of these early forms of window coverings paved the road for further advancements in window treatments.

More modern window blinds appeared next in the European culture, with a design similar to modern Venetian blinds.  Ancient Romans in Venice used overlapping layers of fabric slats to cover the windows, giving Venetian blinds their name.   Venetian blinds grew in popularity throughout Europe with the invention of the Dwarf Venetian blinds.  Also, Venetian blinds were installed in St. Peter’s Church in Rome, which lead to an immense growth in popularity across Europe.

More modern window treatment styles and technologies were further designed and developed in the United States.  John Webster first introduced the modern Venetian Blinds in Philadelphia.  Meanwhile, John Hampson of New Orleans invented the mechanism that rotates the angles of slats in blinds.  This greatly increased the functionality of window blinds because the amount of light passing through could be adjusted depending on your needs.  Around the time of WWII, the conventional aluminum window blinds were mass-produced in North America, which greatly increased the popularity of those blinds. After WWII, the styles of window blinds increased with the invention of the vertical blinds by Edward and Frederick Bopp.  The vertical blinds quickly gained popularity because they could hang from a track and be adjusted to let in varying amounts of light, making them perfect for sliding glass doors or larger windows.   Around the same time, wide-slatted wood blinds were introduced and gained popularity throughout America.

The founding of Hunter Douglas by Henry Sonnerberg and Joe Hunter significantly advanced the styles of today’s window treatments with the production of more than 1,000 independent fabricators in the United States and Canada.  Hunter Douglas also brought new technology into the market place.  First, a new louver system was developed to provide sun protection.  Then, the Duette© Honeycomb shades were invented as soft, durable, high-energy efficient window covering.   Next, the traditional modern shades were upgraded to offer a fresh, clean appearance in the Vignette© Modern Roman blinds.  In 2000, the LiteRise© cordless system was developed to allow complete motorized control of any window through Platinum Technology Motorization.  Finally, the Platinum Solar Energy Sensor was developed to automatically sense the amount of solar energy present in order to provide the optimal insulation for your home.

Regardless of the style of window treatments in your home, you can safely assume that those blinds have a long style history.  At Creative Interiors Design, LTD, we proudly offer many types of window treatments to provide the perfect blinds for your home in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas.  Call us today to set up a design consultation and to visit our Hunter Douglas showroom.  Together, we can find the perfect window treatments with a rich history for your home!

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