Wicker & Rattan
What is wicker anyway?
Wicker is actually a weaving process, not a material. Wicker refers to a slender flexible branch, vine, or grass that is woven into a pattern. Wicker furniture can be fashioned out of willow, rattan, bamboo, reed, or synthetic materials. Due to the nature of wicker, splits or discolorations are expected and even enhance the beauty and uniqueness of this fine handcrafted furniture.
Then what is rattan?
Rattan is a vine that grows in the tropical forests of the Far East. Growing hundreds of feet in length, it is one of nature’s strongest materials. It will not splinter or break and is ideal for making furniture. Once molded, solid rattan retains its contours permanently. While very similar to bamboo, rattan is distinct in that it is solid rather than hollow, which makes it ideal for use in making sturdy rattan furniture.
And then there is Bamboo
Bamboo is actually a grass. That means it grows faster and can be harvested sooner than trees. Bamboo is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly resources to raise, harvest, and use. You see, bamboo doesn’t need to be re-planted after each harvest, it just sends up new shoots, kind of like mowing your lawn. Comparatively, once you cut down an oak tree, it’s gone forever. This is already good, but there’s even more! Bamboo is actually harder and more durable than oak. Because of this, bamboo isn’t cheap, but it still costs less than oak, maple, and cherry.
- Go Green
- Make the natural choice