“The initial product wasn’t strong enough in the most common and cheaper forms of plastic, ABS and PC. Strength measured here in terms of the flexibility of the holding arm behind which the blinds produced a displacement. Substances were added ensuring U.V. resistance and that took quite a while to rectify and test on blinds in situ. There are also different sizes of blinds with different quantities of panels and blinds that are top fixed or face fixed, so providing products for each of these variables or working on a more universal tieback has been the main issue. I feel that now we have different products to fit any blind anywhere, and soon one that will fit 95% . The other issues are more subjective, conceptual and aesthetic. In order to obtain a patent i had to reshape my concept. To label the product a “tieback” simply wasn’t acceptable as the world’s first tieback had been granted for curtains in the 18th Century, the difference here is in the relationship between how the louvretie is fixed in different ways and performs different functions, such as holding the pulley cords and fixing in face fix or top fix applications. The product acts more as a holder or retaining device and that is what i’ve concentrated on”.
Personal choice however is exactly personal choice. Some people have the blinds closed all day long, some only tilt them. But in a public place for example an office or a school, it may be a better idea to have them open and held back until they are needed, it would certainly save cash. Some of the excellent choice of fabric on offer now enable verticals to act as an insulator and save heat costs but just like curtains you wouldn’t have them closed all day and would want to keep them clean and tidy if it was a nice day and all the windows were open. So i guess its about choice and thats surely in keeping with this industry.