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Wicker Furniture For Your Home

Nov 16, 2007
Wicker furniture has been around for thousands of years. Archeological findings even show that the pharaohs of ancient Egypt used wicker furniture. Today, it is one of the most popular, widely collected, and highly sought-after types of furniture. Wicker refers to plant-derived fibers that have been treated, in order to make them hard and strong enough for making furniture. These fibers commonly come from plants such as rattan, bamboo, reeds, and willows. Synthetic or man-made fibers have also been used to make wicker furniture. They are stronger and more durable than plant-derived fibers. Surprisingly, paper has been used to make wicker furniture. Antique wicker furniture made of paper is highly in demand.

What makes wicker furniture so special? Wicker is very durable. It lasts for a very long time, to the point that families have handed down their wicker furniture from generation to generation, much like heirloom jewelry. In fact, there is a huge demand for antique wicker furniture, with collectors willing to pay the highest price for the smallest piece. Wicker furniture is very versatile. They fit perfectly with any design scheme, suit a wide range of tastes and come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Wicker furniture works well both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, they can be used in any room of the house, from the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen, even the bathroom or powder room. Outdoors, they are great on the patio, the porch, and in garden areas as well.

The most popular type of wicker furniture is the rattan wicker furniture. Rattan is the common name of more than six hundred species of palms from the Calameae tribe, of the Arecaceae family. It grows abundantly in Africa, Asia and Australia. These vine-like plants look similar to bamboo, but differ from them in that the stems of the rattan are solid, while those of the bamboo are hollow, and that the bamboo can grow on its own, while the rattan cannot.

Rattan is more durable compared to other materials and can withstand the forces of nature. Rattan wicker furniture is the only type of wicker furniture that can be used outdoors, other than wicker furniture made of synthetic fibers. Rattan furniture can be painted with any color. Like ordinary wood, paint easily adheres to rattan. However, many prefer to keep their rattan furniture in their natural color, choosing only to add a protective varnish over their prized piece.

Rattan wicker furniture is easy to care for and is very low maintenance. To keep them looking beautiful, simply wipe them with a soft cloth. Mild detergents can be used for stains. Damaged rattan wicker furniture, or any type of wicker furniture for that matter, can be sent to companies or persons who specialize in restoring wicker furniture. There are even some who restore wicker furniture as a hobby.

Wicker furniture is light and its woven structure allows air to pass through, allowing for more ventilation than any other type of material. It looks, feels, and even breathes like no other, making it an ideal choice for the home.
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