The History of Interior Window Shutters
Initially believed to have originated in ancient Greece, interior shutters would be used to keep homes cool or warm and safe because there was no glass at the time.Do you want to learn more? Visit Window Shutters Henley.
The houses with strong shutters that often closed with a big iron bar for safety were also common in medieval Europe.
Glass had been introduced during Tudor and Elizabethan times, but it was still very costly, so shutters continued to be in use; often windows were half glazed with solid shutters under the sash. As glass became more readily available shutters became less common but in many countries where humid climate did not match curtains this can still be seen in Greece they also replaced curtains.
Increasingly, after the 15th century solid shutters were replaced with hinged glass windows and shutters tended to be used simply for decoration. Decorative woodwork such as interior window shutters continued to be prevalent until the 18th century, but it wasn’t until Victorian times that exterior shutters began to become fashionable, until this time window recesses were so deep that outside shutters couldn’t be reached from the inside for shutting at night.
The Georgians made shutters much more common, their new homes had standard shutters, and they were known as British traditional architecture. The charming houses in Charleston, South Carolina are fine examples of this era with both interior and exterior shutters.
Today shutters are seen more frequently on the exterior of buildings and are used for both decoration and safety. Generally, the internal shutters are made of wood and designed in a colonial style that is both decorative and allows you to control the amount of light entering a room efficiently. Since the elements are kept well-clear, very little maintenance is needed for the internal shutters.
We have had so many inquiries at Architectural Ironmongery Ltd from people who are looking for metal shutter bars for interior sash windows to suit their period homes that we decided to make them custom made.