They’ve been there forever, although we never noticed. But the Mallorcan persianas, or slatted shutters, are one of the things that identify this Balearic island just as much as its coves, cathedral and ensaimada pastries. Their name comes from the French persienne, which indicates their Persian origin. Indeed, the first ones were exported from Persia to Europe in the 18th century. The traditional ones are made from wood and are used to protect the houses here from the sun and keep them cool during the hours of greatest heat, because the slats allow for some breeze to circulate and some light to enter. The most typical colour is green, but it’s not surprising to find them painted in blue or in earth colours.