Putting the Weave in Wicker

Putting the Weave in Wicker

Wicker Isn't a Type - It's a Style

When you hear the term "wicker," you might think it's a type of furniture. But it's not. Wicker actually refers to the weave and can be made up of many different types of materials. Original wicker, for instance, might be made from natural fibers or even twisted paper. Some of us associate wicker with those rickety chairs from yesteryear. And they were pretty unstable, although quality pieces were plentiful, too. Today, though, wicker is seeing a resurgence both in natural and resin materials.
You can still find many vintage wicker pieces, but they're best enjoyed indoors. Even natural fiber furniture made from cane strips will eventually split and mildew if left outdoors. Weatherproofing will be ineffective for these pieces, too.

For outdoors, resin wickers are what you should choose. These composite fibers can mimic natural rattan or cane and they can even be left out all year long. Resin, or all-weather, wicker also never requires repainting and it won't warp, split, or mildew. Weather-resistant aluminum framing is a common understructure choice and these furnishings come in all sorts of styles and colors. You can easily create a bar or pub setup along with a completely outfitted patio living space.

Classic wicker styles are also still popular and you'll find complete ensembles for patios, living areas, and sunrooms in a variety of patterns. Traditional plantation styles feature wide shawl collar backs that wind down to elegantly rolled arms. Those are the chairs we envision as once popular on grand verandas. Modern designs include modulars, sectional sofas, and larger round loungers that will turn any outdoor space into a vacation retreat.

Wicker, in any form, is classic, classy, or just plain casual. Care for wicker furniture properly and it will last for generations.

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