Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. They are different from standard window shades in that they stack up evenly when opened. When they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds. They are usually opened with a cord mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the height of the covered area. In this case, the opened portion of the blinds remains smooth, while the very bottom will be stacked evenly.
Roman shades are available in a variety of styles. Both Looped and Classic Roman Shades are designed to create depth and dimension. Looped Roman Shades have folds that cascade down the face of the shade to help create depth while Classic Roman Shades offer a pleated design. Roman shades are also available in a seamless style, which features a smooth or flat shade face.