The History of Cane, Rattan and Wicker furniture.

The History of Cane, Rattan and Wicker furniture.

History of Wicker/Natural Rattan.

Wicker furniture designs have undergone significant changes throughout history, from simple baskets to elegant Armchairs, Sofas and Patio sets. While our ancestors made Wicker items strictly for functional purposes, today’s artisans use it also for decorative purposes. Even though Wicker items have been around for thousands of years, the modern circular weaving pattern can be traced to ancient Egypt and Rome.

In 3000 BC, Egyptians used papyrus (a type of reed) to create woven baskets used for various household applications such as carrying food and other goods. These baskets became so ubiquitous that they eventually became a symbol of wealth since they were lighter than clay containers. The Egyptians also used wicker in chairs where wealthy individuals sat upon them at banquets.

Later on, the Romans also made Wicker chairs with curved lines and patterns that looked very similar to those found in today’s outdoor chairs. As it spread throughout Europe especially during the Victorian times, the art form evolved by using newer materials and more intricate designs to match changing tastes.

There are doubts about where exactly the name “Wicker” comes from or how old it actually is but no doubt as witness from Artifacts dating back almost 5000 years that people have been using Wicker or similar materials(Cane, Rattan) for decades to craft different types of baskets, seats, and art objects.

Just like how a painting might evolve with new techniques over time without detracting from its original essence, the art of Wicker Furniture has evolved over the centuries as craftsmen have experimented with newer materials such as Cane, Rattan and even Leather to bind and cover the joints.

While designs has improved the core element of the product mainly remains the same.

The Conservatory Furniture has never gone out of fashion and with the various plants being fast growing it has always been considered a much greener option than a material such as wood.

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