Name of the textile architecture is inherited from historical development of these construction. At first natural materials were used: natural leather goods, textiles, etc, although contemporary materials look very different.
Primary property is their specific low weight and ability to endure very high loads, and to create any shape. They are characterized by features like transparency, fire resistance, color, UV protection.
Today, these materials are called membranes, and these structures are: membrane structures, tent structures or constructions. According to a large variety of applications and technologies, there are a number of different membrane types, some of which are made specially for specific objects.
Membrane structures are often a combination of membrane and other materials. They are often seen in combination with wooden and steel elements, but also with concrete, glass, polycarbonate, and almost every other building material.