Venetian Blinds: A History of Style

Wooden venetian blinds at windows in the early 1900s.

Also refereed to as wood blinds or bamboo blinds, the history of the Venetian blind is longer then you would think, though their timeless style is not surprising when you consider their simple yet effective design.

As you can imagine the early Venetians, who were great traders, are thought to have brought the idea of the blind from Persia to Venice. The Venetian slaves, once freed, are then thought to have brought the blind to France for personal comfort and as a means of livelihood. The French name for Venetian blinds is “Les Persienes.” In 1761 St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia was fitted with Venetian blinds.

The first pioneer of the Venetian blind in the US was John Webster of London who advertised his wares in 1767. Venetian blinds then appeared in the 1787 painting by J. L. Gerome Ferris, entitled “The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention.” Other illustrations show venetian interior blinds at Independence Hall in Philadelphia at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The first large modern building in the US to adopt venetian blinds was Rockefeller Center’s RCA Building in New York City at the turn of the 20-th century.

The Venetian blind is thought to have grown in popularity for its technical improvements over cloth shading systems. The following three advantages were often sited as:

  1. Greater durability
  2. Easier operation
  3. More economical

Once only limited to Venice, Persia, and France, Venetian Blinds are now seen worldwide, including Melbourne. In the 1940s advocates of the venetian blind claimed that its technical supremacy came without losing charm, the rich possibilities of decorative and romantic treatments, and impressions of stately splendour. We at Complete Blinds still advocate Venetian Blinds, nothing beats the natural look of Timber Venetians, the natural warmth of timber is suited to both formal and casual areas and adds real value to your home.

If your interested in Venetian Blinds, or any other exterior or interior blinds or shutters in Melbourne we encourage you to visit our showroom in Ringwood to see the latest range of plantation shutters and other blinds which may interest you.

Alternatively you can call us to organise a free in home measure and quote where you will receive expert advice from our friendly consultants. All of our consultants have over 5 years experience in the industry.

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Venetian Blinds are not the exterior or interior blind with a impressive history of timeless style, there is also the equally impressive history of Plantation Shutters from ancient Greece to modern Melbourne.

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