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Why Are They Called Venetian Blinds?

May 17 2010

What are venetian blinds and where did they get their name? Venetian blinds has actually become a generic term to refer to virtually any window blinds. Venetian blinds are window blinds with horizontal slats held up by cords that raise, lower and tilt the blinds.

Early Origins
Window blinds made from horizontal slats were developed as we know them in 1794. They received the name venetian blinds because they originally came from Venice, Italy. These venetian blinds replaced or were used instead of fabric curtains or shutters. The origins of venetian blinds actually go back even further though. Egyptians would use reeds attached in columns. The Chinese would also hang bamboo to cover their windows.

Developments
Venetian blinds were originally held together by strips of cloth rather than cords. In 1966, a new design for the pulley system was developed. This created greater control in the operation of the blinds. Over time the slats became narrower as well as made from other materials such as aluminum or vinyl.

Variations
The vertical version of window blinds were invented in Kansas City, Missouri by Sun Vertical. The owners Edward and Fredrick Bopp held the patent until 1960 when it was sold with the company.

Safety
Because the risk of pull cords to small children and pets, many changes have occurred to reduce this risk. These include features such as dangling lift cords with break away equalizers and cordless blinds.
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  • Restrings for internal cords
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  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
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  • If there are multiple blinds/shades in the same room, only the defective product will be replaced/repaired.
  • In the event that a product, color or product feature has been discontinued and it is no longer available we will provide a substitute product as similar as possible to the original blind or shade.
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