In A Nutshell A length of fabric suspended between fixing points offering shelter from the sun.
A Little More Detail Shade Sails are made from quality, shade cloth -which is a fabric (normally a combination of high-density Polyethylene with a filler thread or tape), which has a stainless steel wire sewn into the outside edge. Shade Sail’s are suspended between posts or wall/roof fixings and give protection from the sun. Designs are based on ‘sails’ from ships, and are able to be made in numerous shapes but are generally created as triangles or variations of rectangles/squares.
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were the first to use large pieces of fabric to provide shade. The Coliseum in Rome was shaded with dozens of large canvas ‘sails’ which were put into place by Roman sailors.
The modern Shade Sails were developed to a commercial level in Australia in the 1980s, when people started experimenting with different shade cloth materials and installation methods.
Although the original concept of a shade sail is simple, differences in designs, components and manufacturing processes will largely affect your resulting product.