Later on, they were replaced with slats that were tied to ribbons. These blinds were sold through upholsterers. As upholsterers were general contractors for interior decor, they could create whatever furnishing item a client wanted.
Embroidered blind tapes were also common in more fashionable homes. Originally, slats were linked together with a cord. The earliest venetian blinds were likely made from bamboo or reeds. Merchants from Venice traded with the Far East, and they had an interest in finding elaborate fabrics and spices.