Retractable shade with collapsible vanes

  • US 7,191,816 B2
  • Filed: 03/11/2005
  • Issued: 03/20/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/20/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A covering for an architectural opening movable between open and closed positions comprising in combination:

  • an elongated roller of generally cylindrical configuration,a flexible sheet of material secured at one edge to the periphery of said roller along a first longitudinally extending line of attachment,a set of operating elements secured at one end to said periphery of said roller along a second longitudinally extending line of attachment circumferentially spaced from said first line of attachment, anda plurality of strips of material, each strip having first and second parallel edges, said first parallel edges being intermittently secured to said sheet along a first set of parallel spaced lines so as to define unsecured locations along said spaced lines, said second edges being secured to said operating elements at spaced locations along the length of said operating elements, said operating elements slidably extending through said unsecured locations and being operative to selectively move said second edges toward and away from said first edges upon pivotal movement of said roller in moving the covering between said open and closed positions, wherein said sheet, operating elements and said strips are selectively wrappable around said roller.

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