In 50 BC, the Roman poet Lucretius wrote “linen-awning, stretched, o’er mighty theatres, gives forth at times, a cracking roar, when much ‘tis beaten about, betwixt the poles and cross-beams.” 

Just as we find ways to protect us from the heat of the summer sun, Ancient Romans also needed sun ancient-awning.jpgprotection.  Based on historical writings, they commonly used shade structures.  They were known to hang woven mats over doors and windows to escape from the sun’s blazing heat.  It was also common to use these woven mats over market stalls, and in some cases, to protect livestock from the sun.

78d2f3be11e71d0c43cb91a501b0cdcf.jpgAlong with using shade structures to protect their property, Ancient Egyptians also used them to cover stadiums and amphitheaters.  One of the most noteworthy fabric structures covered about one-third of the Coliseum.  It was even considered retractable, but it did take hundreds of sailors, all of which were experts with manipulating sails to extend and retract it.  This huge fabric structure, known as the velarium, provided shaded comfort for spectators to enjoy the gladiatorial games.

Over time, awnings have come a long way, and although they are much easier to use and maintain now, they still provide the same function—shaded relief from the scorching sun.

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