Plantation shutters appear to be one of the most popular window coverings worldwide. I thought they might be a trend for a few years, but I never expected them to be as popular as they have been for so long.

The first shutters were in Ancient Greece, and not surprisingly for that era, were made of marble. They were designed for light control and ventilation, and also for providing a modicum of privacy. However, as one would expect, they were heavy and immovable. Tudor England in the 1500s saw the…