Curious History

Curious History

The evolution of plantation shutters

Plantation shutters or plantation blinds as they are commonly known have a history that dates back to ancient Greece. The population of these structures might have attracted consumer eyes in the recent century due to their unique design and finish, but their use can be well observed in old mansions of the past era. The utility of these architects lies in the fact that they are helpful in light control, ventilation and protection. However, apart from these necessary utilities, their use has been extensively seen for decoration purposes. A dig into the history of the plantation shutters would show that initially they were made with natural stones like marbles with fixed louvers. Their benefits were best observed in the tropics region as these architectural marvels were mounted on windows either like a solid or a slated window cover.

A brief history of the plantation shutters:

The historical evolution of the name of “plantation shutters” is also intriguing. The use of these structures was started in America by the Spanish. However, in the south, they got their name as plantation shutters as those installations were majorly used in many grand homes and mansions of the cotton plantations.

Initially, in Greece, the window blinds were made of marble stone. This made the structures quiet strong as compared to other window coverings. But as a matter of fact, marble is not an easy to handle material, and due to lack of flexibility and affordability to a lot of consumers at that time, it was replaced. Hence with the advent of time, more flexibility was added to the structures by replacing the base material of plantation shutters which were initially made up of stones with wood. This was in view of the fact that this replacement would make the structure more flexible for the louvers blades.

As the shutters slowly started getting made in wood, the perfection was achieved by the woodworkers, and they marveled in the design and flexibility. This is to mention here most importantly that the excellence and affordability of the wood-paneled plantation shutters rose to such a level that King Louis XIV of France insisted of their presence in his domicile. There were manifold advantages of these installations. From protecting the privacy of woman comfortably without shutting air circulation to providing proper ventilation and light control to kitchen staff, the plantation shutters excelled in all respect. Besides, it also required minimum maintenance task but at the same time, it enhanced the aesthetic appeal of a room.

Modern use of indoor shutters

It must not be mistaken than any artifice of the bygone era is a mixture of science and art. So is the plantation shutter. Even today many people would insist on implementing and installing these screens in their houses and factories because of the conveniences they offer. The best part of the indoor shutters is, that enables a person to control how much sunlight should be allowed to enter a room, and if required, they can also be opened completely for an obstacle free view. With the association of modern technologies, these architectures are being made more consumer-friendly in different shape, sizes and use varied materials as per consumer acceptance. The highest benefit it offers today is the design flexibility that can fit any structure size in both interior and exterior condition.

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