Umbrellas, as we know them today, have become an important feature of the lifestyle that helps people stay dry or protect themselves from rain, snow and sun. The term umbrella is derived from the Latin word "umbra" for shadow. The historical documents deal with the reference to a folding umbrella that dates back to 21 AD in China, when Wang Mang - a Han Dynasty official received an umbrella designed for a ceremonial four-wheeled carriage. The much older sources on the use of the umbrella are written in an ancient book of Chinese ceremonies called Zhou Li dating back 2400 years.
Jones Hanway popularized the modern umbrella as we see it today in 1750 with the most important innovation dating back to 1850 when Samuel Fox invented the idea of making an umbrella using steel rods for ribs and stretching to make the lightweight umbrella deal with inappropriate weather conditions. Now, there are different types of umbrellas such as outdoor umbrellas, automatic umbrellas, pocket umbrellas, strong wind umbrellas and even umbrellas with gadgets.
Outdoor umbrellas are also known as patio umbrellas, available in different shapes and sizes. Outdoor umbrellas not only provide shade but also protect users from heat and dust when they spend their time outside, especially during the summer months. These outdoor umbrellas can be divided into two types: the central patio umbrella and the side jamb patio umbrella. These two umbrellas protect users from the harmful effects of sun and rain.