Bigger is Better

Four of Caravita's Bajazzo 20 foot umbrellas form a tent in the center of this beautiful outdoor plaza.

At Caravita we manufacture high quality patio umbrellas that range in size from seven to twenty feet.  You may question why would anyone need an umbrella of twenty feet? You would be surprised by how an umbrella of this size could benefit an outdoor space.  Let us take you through the benefits of owning such a large patio umbrella. The umbrella should be at least be 4-5 feet larger than the area being shaded.  Therefore, to shade an area with a table and chairs that seat up to 4 people (approximately 5 feet), an umbrella of at least nine feet would be needed to accomodate the space.  That 4-5 foot rule would apply as the shaded space grows. This is why at  Caravita we offer customization options  based on the arrangement of your outdoor living space.   With our various options from  center masted to cantilevered umbrellas also ranging in color,size, and fabric, we can be sure to cater to any customer’s needs.   As you can see in the image to the right, our large umbrellas like the Bajazzo series are used in groupings to create the effect of forming a large tent.  Check out michaelcaravita.com to view our several other series and customization options!

Acrylics…the Best Shade Solution!

When creating our classy sun shades, sun sails, and pavillions. Caravita will customize our acrylic fabrics based on the customers’ preferences. Let us introduce you to three of our favorite companies when it comes to  deciding the fabrics for our products.

First, we have Dickson Constant, a leading European awning fabric company, which creates “innovative textiles for your world.” Dickson has made several lines of 100% solution- dyed  acrylic  fabrics available in various patterns and colors and made to maintain unbeatable colorfastness .  The fabrics hold true to their quality with UV protectant and a Cleanguard water and stain resistant treatment allowing them to live up to their 5 year warranty.

Next, let us tell you about an Italian company we work with called Para. Para’s Tempotest fabrics are also 100% solution-dyed acrylics with a 93-98% filtering effect protecting against UV rays. Awnings and outdoor patio umbrellass made with this fabric reduce heat up to 20% for light colors, 20-30% for pastels, and over 30% for dark colors.  The fabrics have been tested for harmful substances under the International Oeko-Tex Association Confidence in Textiles, have TUV Italy certification, are treated with a HI-Clean finishing for mould and water protection, and have a Dupont Teflon  Extreme coating for solar protection. All of these components guarantee an 8 year warranty for the fabrics. 

 

Finally, we have our Sattler fabric. Sattler also makes solution-dyed acrylic fabrics, but one of its best qualities is its optional flame retardant coating called Firemaster Plus. This is ideal due to the strict fire codes that have developed in the recent years, particularly in California. It also offers  the best protection against rain and a 5 year warranty.

Relax and Recover in Emmerich on the Rhine

Our Big Ben patio umbrellas on the cafe's terrace.

On the Lower Rhine, near the Dutch border, lies the city of Emmerich (approx. 30000 inhabitants).  Tranquil bike paths, beautiful museums, and river boat tours make this small village a perfect place to relax and recover from a busy lifestyle.  Emmerich welcomes its visitors with quaint restaurants, bistros, cafes, and bars.

The city’s restaurants and cafes are distinguished by their traditional German design.  The new Caravita Big Ben patio umbrellas accents the European design on this restaurant’s terrace and overlooks the Rhine bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Germany.

Caravita Reflects Part II

Our Riviera at the I Will Reflect table during the River Dogs game.

Next Saturday, May 29th at 7:00, Caravita will be joining The Spa at the Charleston Place Hotel’s I Will Reflect campaign once again at the Charleston Battery soccer game on Daniel Island.  We have learned from this melanoma awareness campaign the importance of seeking shade and applying sunscreen to protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays, especially between the hours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Come find us under our white Riviera umbrella and discover how our design along with our Dickson fabric offer maximum UV protection. Along with Little Black Book, The Spa will also be entering those who are interested in a drawing to win a complementary facial. If you would like to see one of our umbrellas up close and help promote a good cause, come join in the fun next Saturday!  

Caravita Reflects

Tonight Caravita we will be joining The Spa at the Charleston Place Hotel’s “I Will Reflect” campaign at the River Dogs game at 7:00 p.m. We will be sponsoring one of our Riviera collection’s large white umbrellas at a table with “I Will Reflect.” The “I Will Reflect” campaign has partnered with MUSC  in  attempt to promote melanoma awareness in the Charleston area. They will be selling “I Will Reflect” bracelets which glow when exposed to the sun’s UV rays, reminding their wearers to apply sunscreen and seek shade between the hours from 10a.m. and 4p.m. Caravita umbrellas’ Dickson Constant fabric is developed with a water resistant and UV protectant, ideal for protecting its owners from harmful UV rays. If you are free tonight please join us under our large white umbrella!

The Cutting Edge in Outdoor Fabrics

Italians have always been known for their eloquent design taste and have been paving the way in quality textiles for generations.  PARA Group fabrics have been designing and producing some highest quality of awning fabrics for over 80 years. Their belief  in the fabric quality begins at production. What started out as cotton fabric being used for garden furniture turned into expanding into awnings and sunshades. They then turned their attention towards the acrylic fabrics based on much higher durability and waterproofing capabilities. All fabrics go through a rigorous dyeing, cleaning and inspection process to insure the highest level in color fastness.

Check out the  cutting edge in outdoor design