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Roller Blinds are one of the most popular and fashionable styles of blind available today, and at Tidmarsh we’re proud to offer a range of roller blind styles and systems. But did you know that they’ve actually been around for more than three hundred years? Read on for a little more information about the history of the roller blind, one of our most staple window coverings.

Roller blinds are similar in design and operation to Roman blinds, but were actually developed centuries after.

Scotch Holland Roller Blinds originated in the early 1700s, in Scotland. They were originally made from Holland linen, which (obviously) came from the Netherlands. This fabric was then produced in Glasgow, by James Louis Robertson and John King, hence the name ‘Scotch Holland.’

The first roller blinds made from this Scotch Holland linen did not have a spring mechanism. Instead, when the blind was closed, the fabric lay in folds on the window ledge. To open the blind, you had to pull on a cord which was attached to a top rod. To secure the open blind, you wound the cord around a cleat.

At Tidmarsh we are constantly pushing for the evolution of traditional products and methods, something that stems from our company’s inception. In Victorian England, we patented the Tidmarsh Patent Action Spring Roller in the 1880s.

The system consists of a metal barrel which is fitted with nylon end blocks and contains a helical coil spring. The action has a polished brass cap (always mounted on the right hand side of a normal roller blind) containing the rack and pawl level both in steel. The blind is drawn by pulling on the centre cord until the required position is reached, to raise the blind the side release cord is pulled allowing the spring to roll the blind up and stop when the cord can be released.

A traditional design, we’ve been using the Cap and Rack Spring Roller Blind for nearly one hundred and fifty years, and we’ve provided these blinds for the National Trust, English Heritage and various well-known museums, art galleries and historic buildings.

We still offer the traditional Cap and Rack Spring Roller Blinds in a wide range of specialist blind fabrics, in various colours, designs and finishes. We even offer the Scottish Holland fabric for the ultimate in tradition. Some of the most notable selling points of this fabric are that it is recommend by the National Trust and is also far more environmentally friendly than standard polyester fabric as it is 100% cotton.

At Tidmarsh we are constantly pushing to stay at the forefront of technology. Our roman blinds are now available in electric operated systems; allowing you to have a traditional look with the modern comfort of remote control. These have a number of benefits. Motorised blinds can operate more smoothly, plus you don’t need to be near the window or in the same room to operate your blinds as this can be done with the remote control; and that’s great for hard to reach windows. There are no operating cords, which is an added extra for child safety. Finally added security is always important when you’re away, so if you set a timer, your blinds will close automatically making it look like you’re still at home.

Remember, all our blinds are bespoke made for your individual requirements, and we’re always here to talk you through your needs so you get the best from your product. Our expert team can talk you how to choose the right blind, answer any questions you have, and recommend you the right product that will give you the solution to your needs. Be sure to get in touch now for a free, bespoke quote.