Historically ceiling fans were used in industrial applications in factories, warehouses and other commercial spaces. The first ceiling fans came into use in the 1870s and 1880s. Some of the earliest ceiling fans
were operated by a belt system with each fan joined to the next by a belt that created the movement rather than individual motors in each fan. Some of the early turbine powered fans operated by water power didn't use electricity at all. The high cost of early ceiling fans made them cost prohibitive for residential usage. Lighting kits were added and the number of blades were increased from two to three or four blades in most designs. A rise in popularity in the United States before the Depression, residential ceiling fans went out of style until the 1960s and 1970s, when the energy crisis made these low cost heating and cooling options more popular. Today's ceiling fans are popular for their energy efficiency as well as style.
The Casablanca Fan 64" Marrakesh Contemporary Ceiling Fan
pictured here is a beautiful example of a contemporary ceiling fan for today's living. The three deep wood tone blades are centered by a filigree decorated silvery metal finial that houses the motor. The elegant lines of the filigree creates an open, light feeling to the ceiling fan. With the optional light kit, this ceiling fan can replace a ceiling light or chandelier while providing both light and air circulation. Contemporary ceiling fans like this one are an elegant way to add style as well as function to a grand space such as this room.