Jute chiks (traditional blinds of India) were popular additions to Indian homes to battle the onslaught of summers. Jute, as everybody knows, is used for twining and ropes and the fiber from the young shoots was used to create window and door shades from the scorching Indian sun.
Why was Jute popular?
First of all, it was abundantly available, making it an option for the rich and the not-so-rich. The straws were strung together tightly to reduce the effects of the hot, dry and dusty summer in the homes. Palaces had jute curtains hanging from crevices and columns, and there were people tasked to keep sprinkling water onto them. The reason – whatever dry air passed through the curtain, it absorbed moisture, cooling the indoor air temperature. Others sprinkled water themselves, but even without the water, the jute chiks were a barrier against the hot winds. Borders were added and different colors were used to paint the straws to give them a stylish element.
Jute chiks lost their sheen
Even when electricity and fans came, people continued to use jute chiks. With the advent of air conditioners, the role of jute chiks diminished, as people moved to the more ‘cooler’ option. But with power cuts a permanent fixture in nearly every city of India, the air conditioner, just becomes a unit on the wall, which is not even pretty. Temperatures in North Indian cities can reach up to 48 degrees, binding people indoors. Despite the most modern cooling units, and uninterrupted supply of electricity, windows and doors need to be covered.
You need Window Coverings to battle the summer heat
Modern window blinds and awnings play a pivotal role during summers. They disallow intense sun rays to enter through glass windows and doors. They also enhance the style quotient of your interiors and exteriors.
Window blinds are used inside the homes, and when drawn down, they keep the piercing light of the sun from entering your room.
· Blackout Roller Blinds allow you to completely block sun rays, making them ideal for windows that receive more than their fair share of the Indian sun.
· Wooden Venetian Blinds have slats you can tilt to control the rays entering your home.
· You can opt for Honeycomb Blinds, designed to keep cool in summers.
Awnings, on the other hand, are designed for your home exteriors. They are placed on top of windows and doors to protect you from sun, wind, and rain.
· Drop Arm Awnings, Window Awnings, and Fixed Awnings ensure that your windows and doors remain shaded.
· Terrace Awnings, Vertical Awnings, Drop Arm Awnings, and Gazebos are perfect add-ons to your terraces, gardens, and balconies.
Lots of options to choose from
Today, there are the stylish and dazzling array of colors, fabrics, and designs you can add to your home to battle the summers. Express yourself with the choices available. The best part is you do not need to step out in the heat to look at their offerings. Just give them a call and most manufacturers and retailers are willing to send a sales executive to your home with a set of samples.