Blinds have been used for centuries, the earliest records of blinds being used were by nomadic tribes in African and Asian deserts. They would use basic sheets to cover their windows to block out the harsh desert sun and sand.
Over the years, people continued to use blinds to provide shelter, protect from the sun and provide privacy. The ancient Egyptians would use reeds to provide sun protection whilst allowing fresh breezes into their buildings. In ancient China, bamboo was used to make blinds, a material that has continued to be used today.
The Persians brought blinds to Europe on trading ships. Venice soon took the inspiration and the Venetian influence spread window blinds throughout Europe. The Venetian version incorporated a string to lower and raise the series of slats that formed the blinds. This style is still used today and has become one of the most popular types of blinds.
Towards the end of the 18th century, blinds were popular in the larger cities, including London and Paris. With the rise of the industrial revolution, blinds could now be produced in the masses, which then meant it was much more accessible to more people. Soon most households across Europe had blinds in some shape or form.