Have you ever wondered where windows blinds originated? Most people do not give it much though, and simply take for granted that they are fortunate enough to have them, but they actually have a pretty interesting history.
Although they are popular around the world now, they were actually established in the Mediterranean, long before they became hot in Europe. Then, it was the plantations in the South that helped spread them across America.
A Little History on Windows Blinds
Some believe that windows blinds were first used in Greece. They were crafted from marble or stone and placed across window holes before glass or wood were ever used.
In the 1500s, Spanish explorers reached the United States and Caribbean and colonies began to grow. They grew sugar, rice, cotton and tobacco to sell, and these plantations also contributed to the use of poorly treated slaves. Every plantation became its own community and most goods were traded to England.
Many of the people who owned the land lived in wood houses, and they eventually began to install shutters to keep insects out. They were called plantation shutters. It should also be noted that English and French settlers brought shutters to the East Coast also, including New England and New York areas.