A Brief History of Pergolas

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Many homeowners today like the bit of shade that pergolas bring, along with the attractive appearance that a pergola may add to their home. It may seem crazy, but pergolas have been around since 1400 BC. Since they’re still around today, there must be a reason they’ve survived for so long, right? The pergola has come a long way since its invention. Continue reading to learn more about the history of pergolas.

A Brief History of Pergolas

The first pergolas were thought to belong to a high court official in Egypt, all the way back in 1400 BC. Pergolas were mainly used in Egypt by the wealthy, and these structures offered them some shade from the sun and the heat.

Much later, the Romans were known to use pergolas. Like the Egyptians, the wealthy were the ones who commonly used pergolas. The Romans added another use: they grew grape vines that would wrap around the columns so they could use those grapes to make wine.

The use of pergolas declined during the 18th and 19th centuries. As the 20th century approached, though, pergolas began to resurge. This time, they were used as stunning garden additions and were made from brick and stone. Today, you’re likely to find a pergola that is made from materials such as wood, vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass. Many people enjoy the impressive look that a pergola adds to their backyard, along with the lowered cost due to a wide variety of materials.

If you want to add something to your backyard, consider adding a pergola! Give us a call here at Oasis Patio Enclosures for more information.