Most home decorating stores carry this type of window covering but if you cant find what you are looking for or your local store does not carry them, they can be made to order. This is good for odd shaped or sized windows as well as incorporating a special material into your blind.The special thing about these blinds is how they are constructed. They are made with a piece of solid fabric and mounting slats are attached to the back. Then there is a cord connected through each slat. This causes the fabric to pull together as you draw the cord and it goes up, folding into an accordion shape. There are two different types of Roman blinds. The flat blind lays flat when it is fully closed and the hobbled blinds have an excess of fabric which causes a slight overhang or teardrop shape when the blind is fully closed. This is a softer pleated style which not only adds to the aesthetics of the room, but can also help in insulating the room when closed.Just about any type of fabric can be used in Roman blinds. The most commonplace are silk, hemp cotton and linen but many synthetics are used as well. In fact, really the only limitation is your imagination, whatever you find to match your decorating style. Some blinds are made with liners now. Not only do these add more insulation, they also help by blocking out light. Regular ones are made thinner. This makes for a beautiful diffused lighting effect throughout your home, even when shades are closed. This type of blind can be made to fit just about any sort of fixture as well including rods which can help with a continuity of design throughout your entire home. This along with the face that the blinds can be made to fit any size or shape window make them a great alternative to boring blinds.For years, people have also used the blinds outdoors. They make a great addition to patios and gazebos. Not only do they allow for light control in the area, but they also help with temperature control. If you live in a hot area, this can be an added bonus to your stylish outdoor area. You can now enjoy your patio or gazebo without baking in the hot afternoon sun. And since they can be made from virtually any fabric or material, they can be created from more durable materials like bamboo which can easily withstand the weather of the outdoors.Remember, when looking to buy your Roman blinds, consider what color and pattern goes best with the area you are decorating. Also think about the durability of the fabric. If you are looking for something for outdoors, take that into consideration. Also consider sheerness, how much light you want filtered through your blinds. Since they can be made to fit either inside your frame or outside it, take this into consideration when you are measuring for a fit.