It is generally recognized that the origin of the umbrella began in ancient China over four thousand years ago and was used for relief against the harsh sun. There are records, as early as the 4th century B.C., showing references to umbrellas in ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, the Middle East and India. The word umbrella comes from the Latin word for shade, umbra. The Chinese are credited with the first use of a rain umbrella. It was not until the 16th century that the umbrella became popular to the western world and in particular in northern Europe. The Parians writer, Jonas Hanway, carried an umbrella for 30 years and is credited with popularizing its use among English gentlemen. The material used for the canopy evolved to better accommodate rain. While early umbrella frames were made of whalebone, modern umbrellas are made from wood, plastic, steel tubing, aluminum and fiberglass.

To our knowledge, the Classy Shade Plant Umbrella offers the first umbrella frame manufactured from “spaced steel wires.” This structure is lightweight, strong and capable of offering adaptable shapes.