Here at Plantation Shutters, we deem ourselves to be the experts in our field. We thought we would share with you some interesting finds on the origins of the shutters. Shutters are the original window decoration, way before curtains and blinds were invented.
It is the common belief that window shutters go back to around the fifteenth century. Previous to this window spaces were just that; space – a gap left for ventilation. It is thought that the first type of shutters started in the fifteenth century in Greece when the window spaces had rocks placed in the gap. The main purpose of this was to protect from wind, rain and sun. Over time these developed into marble shutters. Some of these could be slid across the window space to let in the right amount of light and air.
Wooden shutters became used once shutters were popular further afield in Europe, especially elsewhere in the Mediterranean such as Spain and Italy. The term plantation shutters refer to wooden shutters with broad louvres, mounted in a solid frame. The term “plantation” is in relation to shutters in the United States. Shutters were brought to America when the south was colonised by the Spanish. Wooden style shutters were popular on the mansions in the cotton and sugar plantations in these areas, thereby coining the phrase “plantation shutters”.