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The History of Rattan Furniture

Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan furniture has a very long history that dates back more than 5000 years. Evidence of its use has been discovered in many different excavation sites and it is known to have been hugely popular in Ancient Egypt.

It was first manufactured in bulk in the United States in the 1800s and it was also popular in Victorian society. This was largely because rattan furniture was seen to be a ‘clean’ alternative as it could be easily wiped down, unlike upholstered furniture which commonly trapped germs; the Victorians were very fearful of germs and so did what they could to avoid them.

Later on, rattan furniture was adopted by the Modernist and Art Deco movements. This was largely because the style is very versatile and it can be shaped into complex and interesting patterns favoured by craftspeople at the time. 

Rattan furniture is typically made out of wicker, but there was a shortage of the material during the First World War, so synthetic alternatives became popular. This involved wrapping paper around a thin steel wire, which could then be shaped on a loom just as wicker can.

In the modern world, synthetic rattan is much more widely available than natural rattan, largely because the natural product in its rawest form is much harder to get hold of.

Rattan garden furniture is very popular, but it is also commonly used inside the home, as well. Synthetic rattan is also durable and easy to clean, which makes it even more popular in the twenty first century.

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