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150 Years of American Style

The Bali brand was born in the 1960s with the launch of the 1-inch Bali Custom Mini Blind. But that wasn't the beginning.
1860s

1860s

First, There Was Light

We trace our roots back to 1864, just as the Civil War was ending. During this time of great upheaval, a surgeon, Dr. Elias Carey saw a way to make daily life better. He started a company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to design lamps for horse-drawn carriages.

 
1900s

1900s

Travel in Style

Soon the world changed, and carriages were no longer the staple of daily life. No problem! In 1906, the Carey Company turned its attention to bringing style and privacy to Americans traveling by car and train. The company designed curtains and curtain rollers for automobiles and venetian blinds for trains.

 
1930s

1930s

An American Icon

Even as Americans could now travel farther and faster than ever before, home is always where the heart is. The Pennsylvania company (now Carey-McFall) used its 70 years of experience to create the Betsy Ross Venetian Blind in the 1930s. Named after the famous flag maker from Philadelphia, the Betsy Ross Venetian Blind was made with wooden slats and became the most popular blind in America by the early 1940s.

 
1940s

1940s

Helping Hand

But when your country needs your help, you drop everything and help. And the company did just that in the 1940s when the U.S. entered WWII, using its factories to support the war effort instead. We're pretty sure Betsy Ross would approve.

 
1950s

1950s

New Materials. New Possibilities

When the war was over, it was time to celebrate the beauty of daily life and the joy of being home. The company returned to making venetian blinds, but, instead of wood, they used new, lighter aluminum, opening up a world of design possibilities.

 
1960s

1960s

Introducing the Bali Custom Mini Blind

Now, with 100 years of experience and new materials to create with, the company designed the Bali Custom Mini Blind, featuring 1-inch slats and invisible tapes. The Bali Custom Mini Blind launched the Bali brand.

 
1980s

1980s

A New American Classic Is Born

In the 1980s, the Bali half-inch mini blind was created. The narrower slats added a sleek, modern look to homes and businesses. Soon, the Bali brand added vertical and pleated fabric blinds for more creative possibilities. The company also invented the Bali Ultra Blind, with an all-in-one cord control.

 

Joining the Family

Just as families grow and change over the years, so did the Carey-McFall Company. In 1989, Carey-McFall joined the Springs family and moved headquarters from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin. Our best-in-industry customer service center still has its home in the original Pennsylvania location.

 

Today

Style You Can Trust

We continue to introduce new products and styles to make every day more beautiful, with the quality you can rely on.

  • Bali Wood Blinds and Shutters crafted from sustainably sourced North American hardwood at our Grayling, Michigan plant were introduced in 2003.
  • Bali Solar Shades, with their innovative see-through design that brings the outdoors in, were offered in 2004.
  • Handcrafted Bali Drapery was launched in 2013, the only brand to offer handcrafted drapery, along with blinds and shades, for a complete look for your window.
 

No matter how the world changes next, the Bali brand has the experience you can trust and the styles that feel like home. And we can't wait to share them with you.

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