Looking for patterns some years ago, I came across Jali windows and thought they belonged in my windows. I printed a few panels on some mesh fabric, and hung them in my LA studio. Soon, my friends asked me to make them for their houses, and suddenly I was making window shades.
I moved to New York in 2006 and started Delia Shades. When I really started looking I found such a rich history of window ornament, it became a bit of an obsession. Volumes of Chinese lattice and old catalogs of French ironwork were filled with patterns for shades. Sixteenth century Arabesque patterns and Edo Katagami all update beautifully for today’s interiors. They dress the window and make a room feel finished.