Rope & Pole
Rope and pole tents are often what most people picture when they think of tents. The tents have side poles around the entire perimeter and also have larger poles underneath that support the tent top. There are ropes or straps attached to the tops of the side poles that are then connected to stakes that have been driven into the surface. The tension exerted by the ropes connected to the poles and stakes keeps the tent upright.
Generally rope and pole tents are the least expensive and have the most notable profile as the drop in height from the center poles to the sides can be dramatic. They can also be made into the largest size of tents; we once set one that was 1000 feet long! There are poles under the top which can be an obstruction for some events but can also be a point to place décor and lights.