Fun Facts! Things You Never Thought You’d Want to Know About Window Treatments

 

My guess is you look at yours every day without considering
where they came from and why you have them hanging in your windows. Window treatments
have a rich history, and can be found in some interesting places. Did you know… 

  1. Venetian
    Blinds were invented by the Persians, not the Venetians. Venetian merchants
    brought them to Europe, and European artists used them in their works, making them extremely popular there in the 15th and 16th centuries. There is also evidence that the Japanese invented Venetian blinds.
  2. The
    earliest form of window treatment was made from animal hide. People who
    lived in warmer climates would soak them in water and allow the wind to
    blow through the wet material, creating an air conditioner-like effect.
  3. There
    is evidence suggesting that ancient Egyptians tied reeds together and hung
    them in openings to create privacy. There is also evidence that the
    Chinese were doing this with bamboo.
  4. Windows
    with slatted blinds were found in Pompeii;
    archaeologists uncovered homes containing unmovable marble slats in the
    windows.
  5. American
    inventor John Hampson was granted the U.S. patent for the tilt
    mechanism in 1841. Nearly all blinds hanging today operate using this device.
  6. At
    the beginning of the 19th century, many spoke out against the
    use of draperies, saying they were too expensive, too dusty, and too hard
    to make.
  7. In
    1833 it was recommended that window fabrics match other upholstery in the
    room exactly. Ten years later, this concept was thrown out as the “in”
    look, and efforts were made for draperies to simply compliment other upholstery
    in a room.
  8. Draperies
    became exponentially popular in the 19th century, when textiles
    were more readily available due to manufacturing.
  9. Wealthy
    families who could afford it always had “fully dressed” windows: valance, cornice,
    sheer drapery panels on top of opaque panels, hardware, and tiebacks. Today,
    standard draperies include two panels and a rod.
  10. Two
    of the most memorable movie moments about draperies both involving turning
    old draperies into clothing. Think Scarlet O’Hara and her green velvet dress,
    and the von Trapp family children traipsing through Vienna in “nothing but some old drapes.”6a00e553d217f5883301116893873a970c 800wi Fun Facts! Things You Never Thought Youd Want to Know About Window Treatments6a00e553d217f588330111689387ae970c 800wi Fun Facts! Things You Never Thought Youd Want to Know About Window Treatments
  11. Many
    famous works of art feature blinds and draperies. Two notable pieces are Lorenzo
    Lotto’s Young Man against a White Curtain and Edmund C. Tarbell’s The Venetian Blind.

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2 Comments

  1. Caroline

    No one should have their drapes made out of the same fabric as their furniture. In my opinion, that look is old fashioned, uptight, & lacks creativity.

  2. Esther

    Agreed. People don't do that much anymore. Actually, my great aunt still might!