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Venetian Blinds wood
Venetian Blinds
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Curtains/Blind sys...-Cord operated systems >
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Product description

Ann Idstein is one of few remaining manufacturers who produce wooden blinds “from the log”. Wooden logs are shipped to the production facilities, where a 15 step manual production awaits them. It is real craftsmanship from the very first visual judging of how to cut each individual log up until the final assembly of the blind. Because the entire production process takes place in house, there are few limitations as to what can be manufactured. For instance, slats are available in widths of 25, 35, 50 and 65mm and some types of woods allow for production of blinds around 3meters in width.

The slats are only 2mm thick and treated with a semi-matt lacquer, giving them a beautiful finish. Other surface finishes, including oil for wet environments or even flame retardant lacquer according to B1 standard are also possible. In our own paint shop, slats can also be coloured according to the RAL or NCS-scales or to match a customer samples. Over the years, Ann Idstein has supplied custom coloured blinds for many of the world’s most exclusive yachts, cruise ships and hotels due to this rather unique expertise.

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It is believed that the name Venetian Blinds originates from Venetian traders who discovered and brought home a somewhat similar product from Persia several hundred years ago. There are architectural records showing that Venetian Blinds were fitted in the US as early as in the 1760’s, perhaps making it one of the oldest interior sun screening products still in use.

Ann Idstein has a long tradition of manufacturing Venetian Blinds, dating back to the mid 1950’s. Also, Ann Idstein was one of the first companies to manufacture and sell wooden Venetian Blinds in Europe. Knowledge has been accumulated over more than half a century, making Ann Idstein one of the leading manufacturers of wooden blinds today.

The Venetian Blind relies on the stacking principle. Horizontal slats of various materials are suspended from textile “ladder tapes”. Various control types can be used but the function is rather similar; the slats are stacked as the blind is pulled up and they slide apart when the blind is released back down. The main types of controlling the blinds are cord control or motorization, as well as chain command for certain models.

Another key element of a Venetian Blind is the tape which holds the slats, generally referred to as ladder tapes. Ann Idstein offers a wide variety of colours and ladder tape widths. A narrow ladder in a colour matching the slats makes the slats appear as if the float in the air whereas a wide tape in contrasting colour accentuates the vertical line and draws attention to the colours of the tapes, which might interplay with other elements within a room.