Wicker and rattan furniture, what is the difference?

There are a lot of people who believe that wicker and rattan furniture are one and the same thing. There is some truth to this belief, but it is not entirely true. This articles aims at helping you see the difference so that you are a more informed buyer if you are interested in making a purchase of this kind of furniture.

What is rattan?

Rattan is a variety of cane. Therefore when someone says that they have bought rattan furniture, they are referring to the kind of material that has been used to make it. This type of cane is found in abundance in a lot of Asian countries; however, you can’t really use it for anything as it is tough and not very malleable. So how does furniture get made out of rattan? This question brings us to our next segment.

What is wicker?

After rattan was discovered, someone discovered that this cane can actually be softened when it is subjected to certain temperatures. This softened cane can be bent around a frame and woven to form furniture. This process is known as ‘wicker’. Hence furniture that is made in this manner is called wicker furniture. All rattan furniture is wicker furniture but all wicker furniture is not rattan.

Buying guide

Now that the difference between the two terms has been made clear you need to exercise caution when you buy rattan furniture. A lot of people still confuse and interchange the phrases and your salesman could be one of them. Wicker furniture can also be made from bamboo and other reeds and therefore you need to make sure that the piece you are buying is indeed made of rattan. A little asking around always helps in cases like this.

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