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About Rattan

WHAT IS RATTAN?

Rattan is one of the oldest materials used to make furniture. Rattan is a vine, found in Southeast Asia. Typically rattan can grow up to 500 feet in length with a diameter up to 2 inches. When harvested, the vine is cut at the base, so that the vine can continue to grow and be harvest again. The rattan is then sorted by length and diameter. Every bit of the vine is used.

Unlike bamboo, which is hollow, rattan is solid and thus can be joined together by screws and then bound by leather to strengthen the joints and to aesthetically camouflage it. To get the desired shape of the furniture, the rattan is soaked and steamed in water, so that the vine is flexible and can be moulded into the desired shape of the furniture. Once the frame of the furniture is finished, the frame is left to dry and this is how the furniture holds its shape. The strength is so dependable that in Malaysia they are still using suspension bridges of mostly Rattan.

The ability to mould the Rattan poles into the shape of both Traditional and Contemporary styles has given this furniture wide acceptance for homes, hotels and fine dining establishments. It has the ability to always appear fresh and attractive in any room.

The warm inviting atmosphere of a family room or sunroom is the ideal place for rattan furnishings, yet it has the ability to dress up any room in the home.

WHAT IS WICKER?

Wicker denotes a weaving process that uses a variety of plant materials in its production. Originally, wicker was a natural hard fibre obtained from plant materials and woven into a shape. Plant materials typically used are rattan, willow, bamboo and reed, although any branch or twig that is pliant can be woven into a wicker product. Wicker is sometimes referred to as cane furniture, however, the term cane does not indicate the actual material being used. Today, there is a synthetic version of wicker created from weaving plastics. Synthetic wicker products can be made to look very much like plant materials.

Boca uses natural plant materials in the “Boca Rattan” line and synthetic materials in the “Boca Outdoor” line.

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