Wicker is very popular in outdoor seating and other settings. But many people use it without understanding exactly what it is. Today we want to go over what this interesting blend actually is and why it is used so much in the industry today. You should at least go away with a better appreciation and understanding of what goes into making your pieces in the modern day.
One common mistake is believing that wicker is a material in and of itself. People think that wicker is something like balsa wood or other materials that are at the core. This actually isn’t the case. Wicker furniture actually refers to the process of weaving together multiple materials into one piece. Pieces like this are most often both more durable and flexible than the things they are made of.
The word wicker itself refers to a variety of vines, grasses and plants that are put into furniture. It can also be a term for synthetic materials which are weaved together in fibers. In many pieces of outdoor seating both of these are weaved together into one package which gives you a highly resilient and useful look.
There are four types of non-synthetic materials usually used in this blending. Those are rattan, reed, willow and bamboo. Rattan is very popular indoors but they’re all used in different areas. Depending on the blend they can be more or less resistant to the outdoors. In fact some of them are unsuitable for use outdoors at all so you should make sure you know what blend you have before deciding to place one outside.
Many also think that wicker is a modern invention. This is not actually true as it has been popular since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Of course they obviously did not use many of the same techniques as we did. However it has a long history spanning well over a thousand years with primitive forms of this being quite popular.
These facts combine with the interesting style of wicker to make wicker outdoor furniture a favorite among many collectors. It can be hard to find a quality piece at times but if you do it can either really impress some people or sell for quite a bit. This lends an additional level of style and value to the older pieces that you may come across when shopping.
No matter what blend you go with it does require maintenance. You want to treat it regularly with sealants and oils in order to keep the natural finish looking good. Fortunately you don’t need to do much in order to improve the base look because wicker just naturally looks good. If you find a piece with a good shade and gradation you are pretty much set for the rest of the time you have it.
If you are willing to put in the care and effort this furniture needs it is a great choice. Weigh the value of it against the use of your time.