History of Awnings
People realized the high value of shade long ago. The first awnings originated in the Middle East and Africa, where hides and woven mats were hung on poles to create a portable oasis from the burning sun. With their shops and open markets, growing cities looked to awnings as the obvious solution to keep people cool and to add appeal to one’s business or home.
Approximately 150 years ago the first retractable awnings were invented in the United States. They quickly caught on in Europe, where retractable awnings have long been a necessary part of storefronts and windows. The retractable awning went through design evolutions in Europe, and now this sensible and stylish invention is coming back to the United States in force, quickly becoming the hottest (or should we say ‘coolest’?) trend in home and business exterior design.
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