Autumn is definitely here. The winds and rains have come and many of us will notice that our outdoor spaces are carpeted with leaves or rain water or in my case, a carpet of very wet leaves. Patios and door steps can become slippery, and the battle with bringing in outdoor gifts such as mud
In Ancient Rome folding, linen awnings known as ‘velariums’ were used above the seating areas in the Coliseum. But it wasn’t until 19th Century that they became a common feature on shop fronts and domestic windows. The first modern type of awning which stretched out on an ‘arm’ was invented in Paris in 1889.