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All About Wicker & Rattan Furniture

Don’t call it a comeback. Wicker and rattan furniture never left. Bringing a breezy, laid-back aesthetic to any space, natural wicker and rattan blend sustainable materials with timeless style. A perfect accent for warmer days or long nights with friends, wicker furniture has been a mainstay for generations. If you’re looking for a piece with natural charm, we’ve put together a guide to answer the most common questions we receive about this wonderful material.

First, what is wicker furniture even made of?

It all starts with rattan. These fibrous climbing vines grow up from the forest floor, using trees to climb higher. Strong, yet malleable, these incredible vines have been used for centuries to craft shelter, baskets, clothing, and eventually rattan and wicker furniture.

How is wicker furniture made?

Our wicker furniture is crafted at small, fair trade workshops in Indonesia, where artisans meticulously weave locally-sourced rattan. The result is a sustainable, one-of-a-kind statement piece that will be around for years to come.

About Our Artisan Partners

The Artisans of Plumbon handcraft rattan furniture in Cirebon, Indonesia, a port known as the hub for rattan craftsmanship. This workshop has been practicing the craft for over 35 years – one look at the meticulous joinery, and you can trace the years of mastery.

Artisans of Plumbon

Fair Trade. Guaranteed.

In the remote village of Kampung Naga, Indonesia, the Artisans of Cirebon skillfully cut, mold, and bind rattan to create a woven masterpiece. All made with a process guaranteed by the World Fair Trade Organization.

About the Artisans of Cirebon

Where should I put wicker furniture in my home?

We’re a bit biased, but we think wicker furniture can work in any room. Create the perfect accent with a wicker chair in your living room, swap your nightstand for a wicker end table, or upgrade your bedroom with a rattan headboard. The options are endless, but all of them are good.

How should I care for my wicker furniture?

Caring for our wicker furniture is as simple as wiping down each piece with a slightly damp (or even dry) microfiber cloth. Best suited for indoor use, each piece also has its own weight limits. Be sure to review the Care Instructions for each piece prior to purchase.

STYLING TIPS FOR WICKER FURNITURE
Less can be more
Aim for one large wicker piece (or two small pieces) per room
Layer with color and texture
Add a colorful ottoman or textural wall art to a wicker console
Pair with other natural accents
Think jute or breezy fabrics like linen, alpaca, or cotton

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