The Pippa Rolls Roman Blind manufacturing process
A note about finishing . . .
Blinds may look like a simple piece of fabric when finished but over eight metres of hand-stitching goes into making one of our metre-squared Roman blinds alone.
We use this method on our blinds because we pride ourselves on producing hand-finished Roman blinds. To us, a row of machine stitches across the front of a Roman blind is an ugly look and you can be certain that you will never see that kind of finish on one of our blinds.
We know that you are here because you too recognise the difference between a poorly made product and a hand-finished one. We like to think of it like this: if you bought a beautiful suit from a Saville Row tailor – or an evening dress from even the best couturier in the land – hand-finishing is what you are paying for and what you are entitled to expect. Nonetheless, we should point out that sometimes, depending on the fabric you choose, you might notice the tiny stab stitches that are all done by hand at intervals across the width of the blind. These are doing the important job of holding all of the blind together and are synonymous with a hand-crafted product. Some fabrics (such as plain satins) show these up more than others, which is why we always mention them to our customers when they choose a plain, shiny fabric.
A note about pocket systems . . .
We were one of the first blind makers to develop a metal eyelet system that replaces the old fashioned, out-of-date ring method. Although ours is a more labour-intensive process, it creates beautifully accurate self-stacking blinds and it is well worth that extra effort. It also means the product lasts longer and is therefore a better value product for you in the long run!
A note about linings and interlinings . . .
All our blinds are supplied with lining. We recommend using either our premium Ivory standard lining or the premium ivory blackout lining, both of which are close in colour so can be used at different windows in the same house without looking odd from the outside. We would also suggest that if your budget allows, you should opt for adding interlining to your Roman blinds too. Not only does our interlining add practical thermal qualities and help protect the face of the cloth from sun damage, it also adds that extra touch of luxury to the folds and who doesn't love a bit of luxury in their life?
A note about headrails . . .
We consider our headrails to be one of the best in the business. They are nothing like the flimsy cheap imports that flood the market. They are supplied with a five year guarantee*. We fit each with a 1:4 ratio gearing mechanism and the very latest chain breakaway system which is why we don’t ask you for any headrail heights on the order form. You will have the peace of mind that your blind is fully compliant with EU regulations (click here for further info) without being restricted by impractical chain lengths or having to have a chain holder attached to your walls or windows. They come supplied with universal fixing brackets which are straightforward to install. Watch our simple installation video here.
A note about chains . . .
Our headrails all have continuous chains fitted, making them effortless to operate. To determine the length of chain we deduct between 25-35cm from the overall finished drop of your blind. For example; if your blind measures 148cm drop then expect a chain length of approximately 120cm.
A note about remote control blinds . . .
We can install make and install blinds that operate using a remote control system, although this is not yet something we are offering on our webshop.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss ordering remote control blinds.
A note about measurements . . .
Please note that we only work in centimetres. Although we ship to all corners of the globe, we only accept measurements in centimetres. We're not being difficult - but our workroom is set up that way!
And just to let you know, we will not manufacture any product where the measurements entered above fall outside the measurement parameters selected on the dropdown menus on the fabric pages. Therefore, please double-check that the exact measurements you have given on the pop-up form are correct and within those previously chosen parameters. If an order is submitted that does not conform to this requirement, we will contact you and, if necessary, refund your money, but you will be charged a returns processing fee.