Window blinds first appeared in 1769. The Englishman Edward Bevan patented the first-ever Venetian Blinds. Venetian blinds were invented when he discovered that he could let light into rooms. And he manipulates them to be any size desired by placing wooden slats on an aluminum frame. There are many different kinds of window blinds which use a variety of control systems. A typical Saffron Decor window blinds is made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of hard material, including wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Vertical blinds run along a track system which can tilt open and closed and move side-to-side. Window blinds can be maneuvered with either a manual or remote control by rotating them from an open position, with slats spaced out, to a closed position where slats overlap and block out most of the light. There are also several types of window coverings, called shades that use a single piece of soft material instead of slats. The term window blinds can also be used to describe window coverings more broadly. In this context window blinds include almost every type of window covering, whether it is a hard or soft material; i.e. shutters, roller shades, cellular shades (also called honeycomb shades), wood blinds, Roman shades and standard vertical and horizontal blinds (also called Venetians).