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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

While the use of plantation shutters has evolved over the years, the basic design of the plantation shutter has been around since at least the Middle Ages.  Originally designed to promote the free flow of air through a home in warmer climates and shade to lower the temperature of homes, they were formerly installed in window spaces, with no glass.  European colonists who reached the Caribbean and American South recognized the great features of the shutter and began to install them in the interior of their plantation homes.  Due to their popularization in these large homes, many now refer to the shutter as “plantation shutters”.
In ancient Greece plantation shutters were constructed from marble.  The use of such a strong and durable material provided protection for their homes, but the louvers were fixed and immovable.  

As shutters increased in popularity wood workers continued to find ways to advance the range of movement, allowing individuals to control the light and ventilation of their rooms throughout the coarse of the day and night.  It was King Louis XIV of France who further popularized the shutter making them a royal accessory.


Today plantation shutters are readily available in timber and are not restricted in the movement of the blades.  A new material trend is reaching the international market now that is both durable like the marble, but sophisticated and elegant like the shutters found on the large plantation homes.  Aluminum shutters are the plantation shutter of the future.

Hot facts! Plantation shutters with a narrow louver are more popular in the Northern part of the United States.  Alternatively, plantation shutters with a wider louver are more popular in the Southern half of the United States.

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