The art of caning or wicker furniture dates back to centuries. From Egyptian pharaohs to Victorian kings, caned furniture has made it to castles and palaces along with homes and hotels. You can still find caned chairs in the waiting lounge of a 5-star hotel or on the patio of a lavish outdoor restaurant.
Wicker is often misunderstood as the material, of furniture; however, it is the weaving technique which is used to weave furniture including chairs, tables, and other items. The material of wicker strings is bamboo-like material, it can either be rattan, reed, willow or bamboo and it is usually grown in central Asia.
If you are thinking about replacing your furniture and are considering caned furniture among options, here are 3 convincing benefits of investing in it.
There is some rattan furniture still rattling around today from the 40s and 50s. It’s likely furniture that your grandparents purchased for their lanai. That furniture is still in great shape today. In fact, it’ll be in great shape for the next 50 years as long as someone is caring for it properly.
Outdoor rattan furniture that you purchase today can also last for generations. It can often last longer than furniture made with leather or wood. Rattan furniture can be used in various outdoor areas like the patio, but it’s also great indoors. The kitchen, bathroom, and a sun room are versatile places for rattan pieces.
Due to the fact that rattan is a sustainable material, it’s good for the environment. Instead of cutting down whole trees to get the materials for furniture, the manufacturer has harvesters that will cut down vines. Those vines grow back quickly.
Entire forests have to be cleared for wood for most furniture. Rattan harvesters can clear vines and pieces that allow for the forest to stay intact.
In a few years, those same spots can be harvested for more vines, too.
Here’s a video showing the harvesting of rattan, with footage taken in the jungles of Indonesia.
Resilient to the Outdoors
Rattan furniture can sit in the harsh sun without being ruined. It can handle the cold, too. Whether you want to use rattan furniture outdoors in the summer, or in a sun room in the winter, the material will withstand harsh temperatures.
If you plan on using rattan furniture outdoors, all it needs is a bit of preparation. Rattan shouldn’t be allowed to soak up water, but with a coating of lacquer, it can sit outside in the rain.