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WHAT IS WICKER?

WHAT IS WICKER?

Wicker is a general term for woven furniture and accents, not a specific material. The term is used broadly for any item woven from synthetic to natural hard fibers such as rattan, bamboo, seagrass and more. RATTAN. The primary material used to create wicker is rattan “vine,” which is actually a name for more than 600 prolicic climbing plants. Some species can grow more than 300 feet in length—making rattan an abundant, sustainable resource. The production of wicker furniture often utilizes material from the entire plant: Peel, core, pole and all...

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HOW WICKER IS MADE?

HOW WICKER IS MADE?

There are three stages in typical wicker furniture production. Rattan is used here as the example:

1) FRAMING: Large, broom-handle-sized rattan pole is steamed and bent into the desired shape using a jig or mold. Once dry, these formed pieces are assembled to make the frame. All wicker furniture frames from Pier 1 are first nailed or screwed together and then may be wrapped with rattan peel, which adds both strength and a decorative element.

2) WEAVING: Done completely by hand, weaving takes from one to four days, depending on the type and complexity of the piece. The tighter the weave, the more time needed and the costlier the process. Rattan strips are attached and woven over the frame in an open (spaced) or closed (tight) weave...

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CARE OF YOUR WICKER

CARE OF YOUR WICKER

Because wicker is a natural material, exposure to the elements is not recommended (except for all-weather wicker). Moisture and sunlight are rattan’s biggest enemies. Enjoy your wicker furniture indoors or in a covered outdoor environment.

Vacuum regularly to remove dust. Occasionally clean with a wood cleaner to remove grime and retain natural luster...

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AN INSIDE LOOK INTO WICKER MATERIALS

AN INSIDE LOOK INTO WICKER MATERIALS

Wicker furniture is both durable and fashionable for any home. It can mesh well with any type of décor and is also a superb choice for a sunroom or covered patio.

For instance, a treasure garden umbrella would work well with any patio decorated with wicker furniture. Refresh your exterior design with a long-lasting type of furniture piece that will bring warmness to any celebration...

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