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An umbrella by the front door is a must-have in any home – after all, with the British weather being so unpredictable, you never know when you’re going to need one! But keeping a functional item in your porch or hallway shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on style or sophistication. Vintage umbrellas are the perfect addition to any stylish home, bringing heritage right to the fore the minute you or your guests enter the house. Shop for vintage umbrellas here at Vinterior now.
Vintage umbrellasAn umbrella by the front door is a must-have in any home – after all, with the British weather being so unpredictable, you never know when you’re going to need one! But keeping a functional item in your porch or hallway shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on style or sophistication. Vintage umbrellas are the perfect addition to any stylish home, bringing heritage right to the fore the minute you or your guests enter the house. Shop for vintage umbrellas here at Vinterior now.
Vintage umbrellas: how we got hereUmbrellas have been around for centuries, although the earliest versions were not for use in the rain but rather to protect against the sun’s rays. Known as parasols, these umbrellas were used by women in the ancient world as far back as the 4th century BC and boasted many of the features that we would recognise today. Although they were usually made from leather, leaves or feathers, the canopy-style shape was identical to that seen today.
It wasn’t until the 1600s that Europeans began to use umbrellas to protect against rain. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the English were leading the way here – given the amount of rain we seem to receive on our island! During the 1700s the canopies were made from woven silk, and this offered limited protection from heavy rain. They were exclusively used by women, and it took until 1750 when Jonas Hanway took the step of carrying an umbrella of his own design in London that men started to follow suit. By the early 1800s, umbrellas were commonly used by both sexes.
Whalebone originally kept the canopy in place. Over time, that changed to wood, steel, aluminium and eventually fibreglass. Silks were also replaced eventually by nylon fabric. With handles that were often designed to be decorative and eye-catching, vintage umbrellas are frequently a more stylish choice than a modern umbrella.
Why choose vintage umbrellas?Vintage umbrellas are very similar in shape, size and functionality as any modern umbrella. However, they often feature decorative touches. One of the key differences between a vintage umbrella and a contemporary one is the handle, which is frequently decorative and ornate in a vintage model.
Although you could easily find a modern umbrella in your local store, a vintage umbrella comes with its own distinct advantages. Built to last, a vintage umbrella has been exquisitely crafted and is not only a practical item to keep off the rain but also a decorative piece to add a little ornate detail to your hallway.
Whether you want to brighten up your space with a bold coloured tapestry umbrella or add a touch of class with an ivory cream oriental pagoda umbrella, you can instantly add style to your porch or hallway with a vintage umbrella. Whether you choose to take it out in the rain is a choice for you to make!
If you invest in one of our vintage umbrellas, you are sure to create a focal point right by your own front door. When you go out carrying a vintage umbrella, you’ll attract attention for all the right reasons. Not only will your umbrella be a talking point, it’s also a great way to bring history back to life.