Lately, we’ve noticed a number of features proclaiming “Rattan Making A Comeback!”
We beg to differ, it never went away…
What do Moses, Victorians and Burt Reynolds all have in common? Throughout the ages millions have favored rattan furnishings, from babies to swinging bachelors… it is not just antique it’s ancient!
For centuries, wicker furniture has been treasured for its many unique qualities including, strength, beauty and adaptability. More than 5000 years ago Egyptians made vessels woven of rattan, evidenced by many examples found at archeological sites.
Wicker? Rattan? What’s the Difference? Wicker describes the method of weaving fibers into an object. Rattan is the stem of a tropical tree that is related to the palm. The flexibility of rattan allowed artisans to manipulate it into the complex patterns that the Victorians favored.— Antiques, Love To Know
Reportedly, rattan fist made its way to America onboard the Mayflower, and was commonly used as packing material around ships cargo. In 1840, young American Cyrus Wakefield observed it being cast off of ships in Boston Harbor and recognized its’ potential as a raw material for furniture manufacturing. Initially, items were made only for indoor use before slowly moving outdoors, first as baby prams.
Fast forward to the Swinging Seventies (1970s), rattan furniture captured the laid back, pop-culture vibe of the times…
Because of its ease and durability, rattan is often associated with mundane outdoor furniture or clichéd island-theme interiors. But when designers impart their special touch on the everyday wood material, rattan furniture can be the next new statement piece in your home.– Architectural Digest