Made to Measure Paisley Roller Blinds

Paisley is a vegetal motif, often shaped like a droplet or kidney bean. The Paisley patterned fabric originates from stylised pine cones from Kashmir. From roughly 1800 to 1850, the weavers of the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, became the foremost producers of Paisley shawls.  Read More...

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Made to Measure Roller Blinds

Paisley is a vegetal motif, often shaped like a droplet or kidney bean. The Paisley patterned fabric originates from stylised pine cones from Kashmir. From roughly 1800 to 1850, the weavers of the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, became the foremost producers of Paisley shawls. 

The origins of the curved teardrop form come from the area between India and Iran (known there as buta and boteh respectively); however, the word ‘paisley’ refers to the town of Paisley in Scotland. The transfer from Persian and Kashmiri cultures to become a popular motif in woven textile manufacturing in Britain came after the East India Company imported large amounts of shawls and other goods with the motif in the 18th Century.

I LOVE a good paisley print fabric. See my Life and Eternity design and Paisley Ground. They are a pattern framed within a pattern, making them an absolute cornucopia of colour and shape. If you are familiar with paisley, then you must know of its lovely lace-like motif that features an intricate pattern of curved, feather-shaped figures. Paisley fabric designs are timeless and forever popular. If paisley patterns are too “busy” for you, consider mine because my chosen colours of soft shades create a very gentle feel in a room.

Can I use your paisley fabric to make roller blinds?

My paisley linen fabrics look wonderful made into roller blinds. The paisley fabric pattern is multi directional which makes is very easy to use.

I designed my Paisley Ground fabric to coordinate with the print Stripe and Dash, and with the larger patterned Down To Earth. These three designs all come in a soft Hay yellow with Charcoal, pretty Apple Green with Raspberry and a more neutral Limestone again mixed with Raspberry. So, these designs would all sit together very easily in a room, a suggestion would be Down to Earth blinds, Paisley Ground on an upholstered chair and a Stripe and Dash bedhead.

Please ask for fabric samples and see the colours in your rooms. If you order a half metre returnable sample you can drape it over an existing chair or pin it to your present curtains and see how it looks. All our fabrics are printed in the UK on a good weight of 100% Linen and Linen Union making them suitable for large curtains, blinds and upholstery. We hold a good stock of all our fabrics ensuring delivery is usually within 3-5 working days with an overnight service available. The same team, who take you order will roll, inspect and cut it, so accuracy and quality can be assured.

PROS FOR CHOOSING ROLLER BLINDS:

GOOD FOR INSIDE A RECESS – if you are looking to fix a blind into a recess, roller blinds are the perfect choice and why not add a pelmet to hide the roll?  With roller blinds you have complete control over how much material covers the window. This is especially a good feature if you have smaller windows.

MAXIMUM LIGHT – if you want to allow in as much natural light as possible, roller blinds may be the better option over roman blinds. With roller blinds, the fabric rolls up at the top of your window and will take up about 9 cm of space.

CENTRAL PULL – with a roller blind you can have a central pull which can be handy on a window behind the kitchen sink.

LOWER MAINTENANCE – once you have pulled up a roman blind you sometimes have to handle the folds as they can get caught in the cords, you don’t have this problem with roller blinds.

NEW – ROLLER BLIND PELMETS – If you have your blind in a recess, you can now choose to have a smart pelmet made with it which covers the ‘roll’, is pattern matched to the main blind and is approximately 11 cm deep. This has revolutionised the use of roller blinds, making them much more attractive and so usable in all rooms of a house!

Also  if you can’t reach the top of the window at all easily, a roller blind with a pelmet to hide the roll might be the right choice as you will have no need to reach to the top ever…maximum size for roller and roman blinds is 240cm x 240cm

BOTTOM BORDER: Think about using a contrasting colour for a border on the bottom edge of the blind, to add some interest.

How to measure up for your Roller blind:

Inside a window recess

 Width: Measure the width of the recess from the left to the right (see E on the diagram) 

Length: Measure from the top of the recess to the bottom (see E on the diagram)

YOU ONLY NEED TO PROVIDE US WITH THE FULL RECESS MEASUREMENT - the maker will allow for the rolling mechanism when making the blinds (There will be a gap of about 1.5cm between the fabric and the recess wall which will allow some light through, even with a blackout lining)

Outside a window recess

Width: Measure the outside of the window recess (see F on diagram) and add at least 5cms on each side to minimise any light leaking through. 

Length: Measure from the required position above the window (again, we recommend adding at least 5cm) to the length you require (see F on the diagram)

This also applies to blinds that will be fitted to the outside of a door recess, we only need the width and length that you would like the finished blind to be.

Please note that if your roller blind is outside the recess, we have to allow for the mechanism at either side of the roller blind, which is usually 1.5cm each side. For example, if you want the fabric width of your blind to measure 100cm, you need to specify this upon placing your order otherwise our makers will assume it is the finished width, and cut the fabric down to 97cm with the remaining 3cm for the mechanism, i.e. 100cm full fabric width + 3cm for mechanism, making the finished width 103cm.

 Your Roller blinds will be delivered ready rolled complete with fittings.