Popular Canvas has been manufacturing tarpaulins in the Cape Town area since 1964. Providing top quality products to give you the peace of mind to focus on your core business.

Our team work closely together to provide you with a durable and long lasting tarpaulins, constantly looking at ways to improve our products and services.

We can manufacture in a variety of colors and weights from 550g, 700g and up to 800g depending on your specific needs. With optional branding to help expose your business to new clients and new markets.

The covers can have optional extras including eyelets and rope place periodically into the hem.

Tarpaulins can be used to cover truck loads, temporary roof covers in the construction industry, covering machines or stock in your yard etc.


Light weight tarps can be used for dust covers in storage units, protective covers against sun and light protection against rain and moisture. supplied with eyelets and rope to aid in fastening the tarp to almost anything.

The light weight material weighs only 180g/m2 and is a cost effective alternative to PVC.


We are a stockist of fire retardant coated PVC material which adheres to British Standard Method BS 7837: 1996, Flammability performance for textiles used in the construction of marquees and similar textile structures.

The fire retardant material can be used to help extinguish fires or help protect items against the flames.

For more information on our specialized tarpaulins Materials please contact us for more details.



A tarpaulin (/tɑːrˈpɔːlɪn/ tar-PAW-lin,[1] also US: /ˈtɑːrpəlɪn/[2]) or tarp, is a large sheet of strong, flexible, water-resistant or waterproof material, often cloth such as canvas or polyester coated with polyurethane, or made of plastics such as polyethylene. In some places such as Australia, and in military slang, a tarp may be known as a hootch. Tarpaulins often have reinforced grommets at the corners and along the sides to form attachment points for rope, allowing them to be tied down or suspended.

Inexpensive modern tarpaulins are made from woven polyethylene; this material is so associated with tarpaulins that it has become colloquially known in some quarters as polytarp.