Holmwood House – 19th Century Blinds

Client: Holmwood House
Product: Historic 19th Century Venetian Blinds

Holmwood House is the finest and most elaborate residential villa designed by Scottish architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson. It is also rare in retaining much of its interior decor, and being open to the public. The villa is located at 61-63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart on the southern suburbs of Glasgow.

Holmwood was constructed for James Couper, a paper manufacturer in 1857-1858. Couper owned the Millholm paper mill in the valley of the White Water of Cart immediately below the villa.

The original blinds in the villa were manufactured by Tidmarsh back in the 1800’s and therefore it was inherent that they would ask us to design and replicate the blinds. The blinds were painted wooden venetians with pull cord operation, but no metal headrail was used, only wooden batons and old fashioned pulleys.

Tidmarsh have been making wood slat Venetian blinds – Timbershades – for over 160 years and have been able to introduce technology to an old craft, thereby producing a blind of unrivalled quality.

The Timbershade Venetian blind is unique in the blind industry, because of the quality and finish of the wood used. The slats are made from Western Red Cedar imported from the managed forests of Canada, where some of the most enlightened forestry management policies are in place. We mill and finish the wood into thin slats and then each blind is constructed by hand. Due to this process we are able to bring out the best in the colour and grain of wood available. Western Red Cedar is ideal as it is lightweight and stable, is naturally rot resistant and will not deteriorate if damp.

We set about the task of Holmwood House with great enthusiasm and the end result was spectacular.

A few obstacles, including the large colony of Bats, delayed some of the installation as preservation of the area they inhabited was imperative. Despite this, the results were something that we are very proud of.