Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Fun facts about Venetian blinds
Fun facts about Venetian blinds:
Venetian Blinds were invented by the Persians.Venetian merchants brought them to Europe and give them that name. European artists used them in their works, making them extremely popular there in the 15th and 16th centuries. Why they became so popular in Venice? Well a very valued occupation in Venice was to spy the neighbors and this shutter with fine small strips was protecting from the sun without keeping them from doing that. The need foranonymity was very serious in venice reason why carnival and masks were always so popular in Venice.
How do they arrive also in America?
An English craftsman, John Webster, introduced the Wooden Venetian Sun Blinds to the New World. Originally from London, he came to open an upholstery shop in Philadelphia, PA. His business became a raving success that he became the known as “The Blind man of Philadelphia”. He made the first print advertisement for these wooden blinds which appeared in the Pennsylvania Weekly Journal and Advertiser on August 20, 1767.
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