In 1919 Henry Sonnenberg founded a machine tool distribution and subsequently a manufacturing company in Germany. In 1933 he moved to The Netherlands and established a machine tool operation, which was moved to the United States in 1940. It was in 1946 when Henry Sonnenberg formed a joint venture with Joe Hunter to produce lightweight aluminum slats for venetian blinds. Not particularly pleased with his name "Sonnenberg", Henry picked the popular name "Douglas" from a phone book, and Hunter Douglas was born.
Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds quickly gained leadership in the American market. They sold custom blinds during the day and assembled them at night. In 1956 the business was sold and concentrated building the window coverings business outside the United States. From 1960 to 1980, Hunter Douglas operations expanded in Europe, Australia, and Latin America. In 1969 the company went public. The company re-acquired its former U.S. business in 1976.
From custom window shadings and sheers to louvers, shades, window blinds and shutters, Hunter Douglas' window treatments are custom built expressly for your windows and manufactured according to the highest standards of quality. Their blinds offer a wide selection of textures and colors for horizontal blinds and vertical blinds. Their shades have come a long way since the days of plain roller shades. Their extensive selection includes highly energy efficient honeycomb shades, elegant Roman shades and uniquely textured woven wood shades. Palm Beach vinyl shutters are a solution ideal for windows exposed to high heat, humidity and other extreme climate conditions.