The Origin Of Louvres And How They’re Used Today

If you have a look around, you will most likely find louvres incorporated in architecture and design all around you.  From the air vents in your car to the blinds at your office.  But what are louvres exactly and where do these very versatile slats come from?

Louvres are horizontal angled slats that often overlap each other slightly.  The main objective of louvres is to form a barrier, usually against rain, dust, wind or even direct sunlight, but still allow for ventilation.

“Louvres originated in the Middle Ages as lantern-like constructions in wood that were fitted on top of roof holes in large kitchens to allow ventilation while keeping out rain and snow” (Wikipedia, 2018).

Since then, louvres are being used for all kinds of applications: like in architecture, infrastructure, transportation and security.  The most common forms of louvres today, we find in blinds and shutters.


The louvred concept has been adapted and is used as window coverings.  Venetian blinds have horizontal slats. They are used to control the amount of light in a room or just to add privacy and can also be decorative.  These blinds are manufactured from different types of materials including but not limited to wood, aluminium and PVC.


The most popular use of louvres today is as Shutters. Shutters make use of adjustable louvres made in aluminium. They act as security barriers, create privacy, control light and ventilation.  They can be both functional and decorative at the same time. Much like Shutterways fixed louvre security barriers which are designed and manufactured with two main objectives in mind, that of security and elegance.

The Use Of Louvres At Shutterway

At Shutterway we have repurposed louvres to act as a stylish security barrier.  We have incorporated the louvre design in such a way that it would not detract from your home’s aesthetics but rather blend in seamlessly.  Both our window and security gates are manufactured in this design in order to achieve uniformity throughout your home.  Through this, we achieve an elegant security barrier without compromising on the security aspect.

Contact us today for a quotation by completing the form on the right or visit our Contact Us page for a list of our resellers  You can also visit our factory and showroom in Paarden Eiland or on weekends view our units at The Building Centre:

Shutterway Showroom: 15 Bridgewater Street, Paarden Island, Cape Town, 7405

The Building Centre: 7 Platinum Drive, Northgate Estate, Ysterplaat, Cape Town.
(adjacent to Builders Warehouse)

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