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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Airy and modern Bali Sheer and Layered Shades with powerful UV protection were launched in 2016.
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.