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The History of Roman Shades

Jun 30, 2020

The History of Roman Shades|||||

It may not surprise you, given their name, that Roman shades date back to Ancient Rome. During archaeological excavations, a system of retractable fabric shades were discovered at the Coliseum. It featured draping folds of fabric, but extended outward, more like an awning than the vertical window coverings we know today. According to historians, these shades helped spectators avoid overexposure from the intense Mediterranean sun and could be adjusted when temperatures cooled later on in the evenings. Additionally, it is believed that ancient Roman shades were a symbol of status and reserved for the Coliseum's wealthiest patrons.

Over 2,000 years later and Roman shades are still one of the most popular window treatments for their simplicity and ability to be customized. Because they’re made of fabric and come in a variety of fold and drape options, you're sure to find the perfect look that matches both your style and budget. Roman shades are perfectly suited for homeowners who want window treatments that complement the interior designs of their homes. Choose from an extensive selection of fabrics, colors, patterns and textures that pair perfectly with your wall colors, furnishings, and overall design sensibilities. Fabric Roman shades range from exquisite silks, linens, tweeds and natural weaves to alluring jacquard and luminous sheers. Since Roman shades come in so many light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics, you have lots of options for controlling light. Select products offer the Top-Down/Bottom-Up system where you can position your window treatments as you like, creating the perfect balance of light and privacy. Some fabrics also designed for UV protection. Whether you live in a brand new home, or are choosing window treatments for an older residence, you may find that the windows throughout your property come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Roman shades are designed to fit many window sizes and can even be mounted on openings like French doors. If you have any questions or want to learn about our ready-made and custom Roman shade options, please feel free to contact us.

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