Wicker has woven itself into the very fabric of today. Join us as we explore a brief history, it's popularity amongst designers and showcase a selection of creations we love.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Wicker has been extensively documented as far back as ancient Egypt with items made from indigenous reed and swamp grasses.
The 19th century brought immense popularity for wicker in Europe and North America. At the beginning wicker was used to create indoor and outdoor furniture. Many people in the Victorian era believed it to be more sanitary than upholstered furniture.
In the United States, Cyrus Wakefield began constructing rattan furniture in the early 1850s. He first used rattan that had been offloaded from ships, where it was used as ballast, but as his designs became increasingly popular, he began importing the material himself to meet higher demand.
The word 'wicker' is believed to be of Scandinavian origin: vika which means to bend in Swedish, and vikker meaning willow.
To put it simple, wicker is beautiful. The natural colour of plant-based wicker is attractive shades of beige. It may also be painted in the hue of your choice. Resin wicker comes in earthy colours like sage green, honey and chocolate brown.
When the word 'wicker' is used, it relates exclusively to the process of weaving for which the materials are sculpted into furniture and fashion accessories. During the process, natural materials are wet, making them easier to work with when the weave takes place.
Wicker is created by weaving together strips of either flexible rattan, willow, bamboo or reeds, or synthetic polyethylene, also known as resin wicker. Natural wicker is woven onto a plant-based frame, while an aluminium or tubular steel frame is used with resin wicker.