Shade is in our roots

Everyone loves the sun, but too much sun is not a good thing. It contributes to skin cancer, increasing electric bills during summer and fades drapes, carpets and upholstery. Solar protection is the art and science of controlling the harmful effects of the sun, and Glen Raven has been a leader in this market for nearly 100 years.

We made cotton fabrics for awnings dating back to the 1800s, but it was in 1961 that we revolutionized the awning and solar protection markets with the introduction of Sunbrella® fabrics, the first offerings that could last season after season without fading and so durable that they carried a warranty.

More than just fabrics

In addition to fabric design and manufacturing, we’ve worked hard to promote solar protection through support of non-profit organizations such as the Skin Cancer Foundation, which is dedicated to consumer education concerning the harmful effects of UV exposure. We also support trade associates that increase the skills and professionalism of awning fabricators, and we advocate for innovative shade structures, such as retractable awnings and shade sails.

Through our Trivantage distribution subsidiary we provide the full range of components needed to build shade products and structures, along with training and technical expertise. Trivantage has also created a new way for consumers to experience retractable awnings through its Solair® program with patio retailers.


Shade with Sunbrella® fabrics is a beautiful extension to any home or commercial space. Our line of furniture fabrics can be used to create shade with our line of sheers and upholstery fabrics. And our line of awning fabrics is regarded as one of the best in the industry for its durability and beauty. In addition to manufacturing wonderful fabric, Sunbrella has world-class service and marketing behind it to support our customers.

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Dickson® is a worldwide leader in the shade market. This fabric made of 100% solution dyed acrylic carries a 10-year warranty and is offered in a host of bright, vivid colors, with collections targeting the specific needs of both the U.S. and European markets.

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FIRESIST® is a fire retardant shade fabric offered by Glen Raven. The fabric is weather resistant, recyclable, and is available in a collection of robust colors.

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Sunworker® is solar-protective fabric used primarily to add to the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. These fabrics are used for awnings and roller blinds of all kinds and are particularly well suited for tensioned structures such as shade sails.

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