Italian Window Screens & Shutters

Italian Window Screens & Shutters

Sarah Coffey
Feb 11, 2010

Living in a world of Home Depot and Ace Hardware aisles stacked with mass-produced gates and grates, it's easy to forget that hardware can make up the character and history of a place. On a trip to Italy last year, we were reminded that something as functional as a window screen can be a work of art.

Used to protect homes from theft and break-ins, iron window screens are a common feature in Italian cities. They're often very old and very beautiful, and each town has it's own specific style.

In Venice, the city of artist-made glass, window screens tend to be ornate. In Bologna, where every street is lined with porticos, window screens are large and arched. In sunny Rome, you see a lot of simple grids and painted shutters covering the city's rectangular windows.

If you're looking for your own unique window screen, we suggest checking out salvage shops and decorative hardware stores.

1-6) Venice, Italy
7) Bologna, Italy
8-10) Rome, Italy

Photos: Sarah Coffey

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