Mar 21, 24

For the Love of Rattan

Where do we begin with our love of rattan? Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were buried with their rattan furniture, and the Ming dynasty used the lightweight palm to make military shields, which tells us something about its durability.

Rattan itself is a variety of climbing vine, more flexible than bamboo and highly resilient, which is why even very old vintage rattan can often be found in complete sets. It thrives in the jungles of Southeast Asia and parts of Africa, and from the 16th to 18th centuries, rattan furniture was all the rage in British Colonial style.

The tropical wood can stand up to extreme weather and live happily outdoors, which makes it a perfect material for island life and the natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces.

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