written by KATHY ADAMS

Rattan is a type of plant, the name for roughly 600 species of old world climbing palms belonging to subfamily Calamoideae, and can be widely used in making wicker-style furniture as one of the raw materials. Because it is flexible enough to turn to different shapes or even torn into smaller fibers.

In general, wicker-style furniture in the market has almost two kinds of rattan materials, natural rattan and synthetic rattan.

Natural rattan

Cane and reed are two parts or types of rattan used for different purposes. Cane refers to the rattan layer just beneath the thorny outer skin, which is removed before the cut rattan poles are stacked, cleaned, dried, and smoked. After this processing, the cane layer is peeled and processed into long strands. It is used for weaving chair seats and backs due to its flexibility and durable nature, or as a wrapping material around portions of furniture frames, like a rope.

cane rattan furniture

Reed is the inner, wood-like portion of the rattan plant, more fibrous and porous than the cane layer. Reed is absorbent and may be stained, unlike cane. Decorative embellishments on wicker furniture are often made from reed, such as the swirls and curls on some elaborate Victorian-era wicker furniture.

reed rattan furniture

Synthetic rattan

Man-made materials designed to emulate the look and versatility of this natural resource are referred to as synthetic rattan. We can call it, PE rattan, a synthetic material designed to look like real rattan, is used for outdoor furniture and decor. It's made from polyethylene, hence the PE in the name. PE rattan can withstand both moisture and intense sunlight, either of which could harm true rattan. While PE is not the only type of synthetic rattan, it is more eco-friendly and of better quality than other synthetics such as polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane, which are not recyclable. By the way, synthetic rattan is sometimes called outdoor rattan or outdoor wicker.

Hooseng outdoor wicker furniture set

Hooseng outdoor rattan/wicker sofa set

It's just now in April, and it's a good time to enjoy the warm sun and cool breeze in your patio backyard and poolside. Here we recommend you Hooseng's two most popular wicker sofa sets recently. Both of them are crafted with synthetic resin rattan and wrapped with powder-coated aluminum, absolutely hand-made. So these patio wicker rattan sofa sets have an understated and modern style, which match your home outdoor. Of cause, you should not be worried about their durability and longevity. PE rattan is all-weather, when raining, just take the cushions into a shelter, let the sofa set out, is OK.

details of outdoor wicker furniture set