Synthetic Rattan

Among different type of Rattan that come up in furniture industrial, there is one type of  rattan that significantly be mentioned on every products of furniture manufacture, synthetic rattan. Synthetic rattan is a type of material normally constructed of a kind of plastic known as polyethylene. It is designed to resemble rattan, wicker, or bamboo. It might be used to construct patio furniture or outdoor accessories. It is generally weatherproof, durable, and resistant to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Polyethylene, or sometimes being recognized as poly rattan, is a type of lightweight yet flexible plastic, is normally used to make synthetic rattan. This material is then woven into various shapes in order to create objects. This is usually done by wrapping the product around an aluminum frame. It can be dyed prior to creating items or can be spray painted after the design has been completed.
This product typically resembles natural rattan, which is harvested from palm trees in Asia, Australia, and Africa. It can also be made to look like wicker, which might be derived from reed or willow. Moreover, synthetic rattan could also look like any number of species of bamboo.
The fact that synthetic rattan is durable and weatherproof makes it a good choice for creating patio furniture. It may also be used to assemble lanterns and torches for outdoor use. This material can also be ideal for baskets, placemats, window blinds, or plant hangers.
This material does not usually fade when left in direct sunlight for a long period of time. It also does not typically become dry or crack, as traditional wicker often does. These factors also contribute to the popularity of synthetic rattan for making outdoor furniture.

When compared to natural wicker, synthetic rattan furniture is normally only slightly more expensive to purchase. This additional cost could pay off in the long run as these pieces may last longer than traditional items. They could also save a homeowner time due to the fact that they need very little maintenance, and do not normally need to be put away during the winter months.

People who like the look of natural rattan, wicker, or bamboo furniture may want to consider synthetic rattan instead. It typically looks and feels much the same as those materials. This can make it a good choice, whether choosing furniture or accessories for a room, for use indoors or outside. With a synthetic rattan set damp conditions are not a problem. This means if we don’t have storage room we can still enjoy rattan style furniture which, generally, has a very stylish look to it. A further enhancement is that with a synthetic or poly rattan set you can easily clean the furniture with a hose and brush if required.

Synthetic rattan garden furniture differs from traditional rattan in a number of ways. The rattan vine is replaced by a man made synthetic poly weave. This poly weave is usually made from a plastic or PVC and can be spun into any diameter or color of weave. In effect synthetic rattan garden furniture is actually plastic wicker furniture. The synthetic weave is often mounted on a aluminum frame that offers good strong and robust support whilst being light enough to be used as garden furniture which may be moved around a lot.

Additionally, poly rattan is usually cheaper than the natural version. Because it is made from man made materials the furniture can be produced in any country without the need for vast natural vine resources near by. So a synthetic set saves on shipping costs and often on production costs as it can bemade by machine on a production line.

Poly rattan is often available in more design styles simply because the man made material is more workable than the natural material leading to a wider variety of choice. This makes synthetic rattan garden furniture a good choice of garden furniture over natural rattan or other types of garden set.

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Rattan VS Aluminum Frame

There is some variation of the raw material that being used for furnitures frame. Rattan and aluminum are both used in the creation of chair frames, specifically outdoor furniture frames. Traditional frames for wicker furniture were made from various tree materials, including bamboo and rattan, but modern versions include metals such as aluminum for sure.

1. Rattan is typical climbing palms tree that being used as the raw material for cane furniture industry.
There are over 600 different species of rattan have been recognized, which is belong to 13 genera. Most of rattan is growth in tropical rain forest, where in much of South-east Asia is represent the most important forest product after timber. Along with its growth, rattan will bend back down toward the ground before snaking out like vines through other trees and plants or that might be surrounding it.

2. Wicker and rattan should not be confused. Rattan is used to make the framework of the chair, the poles on which it is based. Wicker is the slats of wood wrapped around the frame to make the surface of the chair, bound closely to add support and protection. While the wicker slats can be made of rattan, they can also be made of bamboo or another type of wood. Rattan wicker typically costs more than just the rattan framework. While durable, rattan tends to absorb moisture over time and will eventually began to lose integrity.

3. Aluminum is an ideal metal to use for the framework of chairs. It is very lightweight and it does not rust, leading to very sturdy and dependable frameworks. The primary problem is on its appearance. Aluminum will always look like a metal, even when it painted, while rattan has a natural, wood look that may fit in better with certain styles. Aluminum is also more difficult to paint, and many finishes will eventually flake off, whereas rattan absorbs paint more dependably.

Synthetic Rattan
4. Since wicker is a delicate part of the chair and most susceptible to wear, some manufacturers produce a synthetic version, combining resin and tree fibers to form their own wicker, designed to last longer and be more resistant to outside elements. This does not mean the frame itself is made from synthetic rattan or any other type of synthetic wood. While wickers can differ in terms of construction, a rattan frame is almost always made from authentic rattan timber.

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5. Wicker chairs are mixed and matched when it comes to frames. Other metals like steel are also sometimes used, but steel rusts in the outdoor weather and can eventually compromise the appearance of the chair. It should be noted that aluminum does not rust but does oxidize in its top layer, leaving a white film in places where the metal is exposed.

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Bamboo VS (Wicker) Rattan

There are any distinctions to differentiate between bamboo and rattan or wicker rattan, relating the roots of origin and the used.

Bamboo: Bamboo has strength, flexibility and versatility. The culms have been used mainly in housing and for other construction purposes for centuries, particularly in rural areas. Other uses of bamboo are many and varied. It is used in the making of furniture, handicrafts, basketware, matting, rayon and paper, and it is used as food, fodder and fuelwood. In India, for example, much of the pulp used in making paper is from bamboo, just as it is in China. In Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand, shoots of many species are valuable as food. Relatively few species of bamboo are, however, currently used on a commercial scale.

Rattan: The bare stem of climbing rattans has its strength, flexibility and uniformity. It is used in the construction of cane furniture and matting of the commercial trade. Because of poor mechanical properties, relatively few species are currently used on a commercial scale. In rural areas, a larger proportion of rattan species has been used for centuries for numerous purposes such as cordage, construction, basketry, thatching, matting and the like.

In conclusion, these is the differentiate between bamboo and rattan or wicker rattan:

Wicker Rattan

  • Rattan is a solid timber vine that is very flexible, can be woven into wicker.
  • Wicker rattan is a woven product made from rattan cane.
  • Rattan cane comes mainly from the tropical rain forests of Indonesia, and from some plantations, but it is not widely cultivated.
  • As a commercial product, rattan is mostly limited to use in the furniture and home accessories industry, although in rural areas it is widely used to make baskets, mats and thatched roofs.
  • Both bamboo and wicker rattan are classified as sustainable products due to their fast-growing properties.


  • Bamboo is a woody tropical grass with hollow stems.
  • Bamboo can grow in many different climates and is widely farmed commercially.
  • Bamboo is used to make flooring, furniture, handcrafted items, baskets, clothing and paper, and it is also used for food and fuel.
  • Bamboo is used to make flooring, furniture, handcrafted items, baskets, clothing and paper, and it is also used for food and fuel.
  • Both bamboo and wicker rattan are classified as sustainable products due to their fast-growing properties.
  • Bamboo cannot be bent, therefore it is never woven.

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Rattan Cultivation

In the mid 1970s, forest departments in South-east Asia became aware of the vulnerability of rattan supply and began investigations aimed at safeguarding the long term supply of canes for the industry. Regarding that almost all the rattan that enters world trade has been collected from the wild from tropical rain forests. With forest destruction and conversion, the habitat of rattans has decreased rapidly in extent over the last few decades and there is now a very real shortage of supply.

Cultivation of canes presents the best possibility for the future. Early research examined pre-existing cultivation. In one small area of Indonesian Borneo rattan has been cultivated in permanent rattan gardens on land adjacent to rivers that flood severely and for prolonged periods. This land, that is more or less unsuitable for any other permanent form of agriculture because of the flooding and very acid soils, appears to be ideal for the cultivation of one rattan, Calamus trachycoleus.

The local inhabitants are try to develop a new method of cultivation that has been used as a model for rattan cultivation elsewhere, whether on flooded or dry land. However, this species has a cane of small diameter (6-12 mm); large diameter canes (in excess of 18 mm) are needed to produce the framework of cane chairs, and a major focus of rattan research has been to find large diameter canes that are suitable for domestication and cultivation in a variety of habitats.

Benefits of rattan cultivation

One of the highest populations of orang-utan in Borneo is in a rattan estate and over half the wild species of rattans recorded for Sarawak have been recorded as occurring wild within the boundaries of another rattan estate.

In order to grow properly, rattan has to be planted under some sort of tree cover. There is some condition of forest that suitable to the growth of rattan, such as logged-over forest, secondary forest, fruit orchards, tree plantations or, even, rubber estates. Thus rattan planting preserves tree cover, and along with tree cover, where it is semi-natural forest, wildlife is also maintained.

Such commercial planting thus offers attractive prospects for wise land use in the humid tropics, allowing a crop to be grown with minimal disturbance of the vegetation. However, perhaps the most exciting potential of rattan is as a small-holder crop. Some rattans lend themselves to cultivation on a small scale under fruit trees or in rubber gardens. Such cultivation allows the small holder to gain extra cash returns from a small area of land.

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What is rattan?

Rattan is typical climbing palms tree that being used as the raw material for cane furniture industry.
There are over 600 different species of rattan have been recognized, which is belong to 13 genera. Most of rattan is growth in tropical rain forest, where in much of South-east Asia is represent the most important forest product after timber. Some people are sometimes get mistaken between rattan and bamboo, which both are different. Cane is usually be distinguished because they are solid,  whereas bamboos are almost always hollow.  The trade in rattans and canes is thought to be worth about £3 billion annually.

Looking at the characteristic of rattan, rattans have long and very flexible stems that need support. In favorable conditions, some species will grow to very great lengths. The longest cane ever recorded was over 175 m long. Some species are single-stemmed while others are multi-stemmed, single-stemmed species providing a single harvest while the multi-stemmed species can be harvested sustainable.

As well as the sheath spines, rattans usually have whips, either on the leaf sheaths or at the ends of the leaves. These whips are armed with grouped, grapnel-like spines and play a major role in supporting the rattan as it climbs into the forest canopy. It is these terrible whips and spines that make the scientific collection of rattans so unpleasant and are in part responsible for making this a poorly studied and still only partially understood group of plants.

At the surrounding of the stem are sheathing leaf bases which are nearly always fiercely spiny, the spines sometimes arranged in neat rows and interlocking to form galleries in which ants make their nests, providing extra protection to an already well protected plant. This may prevent animals from feeding on the tender growing point (or ‘cabbage’), hidden within the leaf-sheaths.

Harvesting and processing

Talking about harvesting and processing rattan, it can be done together and it needs to pull the canes down from the forest canopy and remove the spiny sheaths, leaves and whips. This leaves the bare cane of commerce.

However, rattan-harvesting is thus a rather dangerous business, the dead branches can be dislodged as the rattan is pulled, this can make the ants and wasps can often be disturbed in the process. The bare canes are carried out of the forest and partially processed before being sold to middlemen. The small canes are dried in the sun and often smoked over burning sulfur, while large canes are boiled in oil which is often a mixture of diesel oil and palm oil, to remove excess moisture and natural gums, and to prevent attack by wood-boring beetles.


Rattans can be  used for a very wide range of purposes. The most important that being in the manufacture is baskets and mats. It being trusted, that rattan are remains the most important source of material for making baskets and mats in the South-east Asian region. However, as the wild resource becomes scarce, other materials such as split bamboo are used as substitutes.

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Rattan Furniture Materials

Rattan is actually a total natural material which made from Rattan Canes. It is fast growing and easier to harvest than most trees, so is an ecological alternative to wood.
Most Rattan furniture is made from the skin of the plant, which is peeled of and weaved to form the various pieces of furniture.
The inner core is used, the bit is left over after all that skin peeling. It can be separated and worked into wicker and used for the same construction purpose as Rattan, but is sturdier and stronger. Hence, there are some rattan materials that should acknowledge about Rattan:

It seems like unfamiliar about kooboo grey material, however, this is now become a booming in rattan furniture industry. Kooboo grey is rattan skin which is soaked in the mud for couple of days to get the grey color in the surface.

This grey color is become unique because you don’t have to use any other color to add. Furthermore, the color is already beautiful in its way and become so natural. It sometimes can put the glossy or top coat to protect the skin.

This year kooboo grey are attracting so many buyers from many countries to buy the furniture from this material.  The kooboo gray  is like commonly rattan skin material but with brand new color.

Abaca is made from black banana tree, it is only found in Philipine. It is made from banana tree layer, in Indonesia called pelepah pisang. The pelepah is remove from the tree, especially the outer layer. Then it is dried into the sun, and after completely dry, the material is ready to twist. The characteristics of abaca is stronger because it twisted. The color of abaca is very beautiful, so you no need to finish it with other color.

Banana Natural is just the same with Abaca, and also mostly find in Indonesia. The colour of Pelepah is bleach by H2O2, so the black color is fade. And also it using the inner layer of banana tree, so the black color is twisted inside. It is strong, and have a big twist. Banana Natural is suitable for big living set, such as Dhaka Living set. This material can be colored with other color like white or beige.

Brankas water hyacinth is made from water hyacinth. Water hyacinth is a vegetation that live in the lake or river or water lilies. The part that being used is the bole of water hyacinth, then it cut from the leaf and also the flower. After it is  dried into the sun, the  color is become light brown or yellow. This material characteristic is very fragile and have to treat very smooth from the beginning of the process.

Flat water hyacinth material is the same as brankas water hyacinth, the difference is from the step after it is dried. It is braided to make the material stronger and beautiful. This material is good for living set and dining set. The color is dark brown with black wash or brown wash.

Rattan Croco is made from the outer skin of rattan, the color is dark, and it has  bigger cut, and really nice to be made as big living room and dining room.

Rattan Peel Natural is same as Rattan Croco, the difference is the skin is already bleach so the color is seems lighter and light yellow. It has smaller cut, so it can be use for small furnitures like dining chairs without arm.

Seagrass is made from wild weed, sometime we can find it in savanna. Even it has to be dried first, but the  color will stay the same, which is light green. The natural color will beautiful green and very popular for dining chair.

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All About Rattan Furniture And Where To Find It

People are sometimes get mistaken about rattan and other material like wicker. While, actually the originality is coming from the product and the process. This is refer to the understanding that rattan is actually a tropical palm tree that growth upward like a tree. Along with its growth, rattan will bend back down toward the ground before snaking out like vines through other trees and plants or that might be surrounding it.

Once the rattan has been cut, it is dried before turning into rattan furniture material. Rattan has been around for centuries and it is considered a high quality, reliable and affordable option for building material, especially furniture.  In fact, rattan is known for being one of the strongest materials available, which is why many people choose this kind of furniture to decorate their outdoor spaces as it can stand up to weather throughout the year.

How Is Rattan Patio Furniture Made?

The process to make rattan is usually steamed, and then bent it to accommodate the style, size and shape of the rattan furniture that is being made. The materials are then woven around and into this outer “shell” before being completed. Taken from this process will show the differentiate rattan and wicker. Because wicker furniture is truly rattan material woven in a specific way to make it identifiable as such.

Where to Find Rattan Furniture for Your Patio

North Carolina is a leader that produce rattan patio furniture. Fortunately, no sweat to get along to North Carolina, because you can find it in front your browser. In fact it can be as easy as purchasing your favorite set right on the Internet.

There area number of options available on the market reviewing about the styles, colors and different price ranges before making a final decision to get which rattan patio furniture that might satisfy you after you purchase it. It is important to make comparison among shop instead of choosing the first set you see, because you are not in a showroom where all the options are set in front of your eyes.

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How To Find Rattan Furniture Wholesalers

Rattan furniture has become incredibly popular over the years, even though there are numbers of furniture products that interestingly worthy to be the competitor in marketplace. Hence, knowing where to find the wholesalers that can provide this type of furniture is important, in order to avoid the possibility being misguided.

There are dozens of companies that offer the products of furniture rattan in around the world, however the one you choose will determine your customers’ satisfaction. Although price is important, but it is not everything.  The point is you need to find the furniture suppliers that can provide quality, in order to give your customers in return. By accepting anything less than the best, you will be risking your business’s reputation.

Because there will be more people are choosing wicker and rattan furniture for their homes, you have to supply your customers with everything they are looking for. Unfortunately, you need to be selective in choosing the right wholesaler to be the obvious suppliers.  It is important to get online and make certainty that the wholesaler you are considering has a good reputation. You should be able to find various reviews of wholesalers that sell this kind of furniture online. You will be able to use those in order to determine which one to choose. Since there are many different wholesalers out there, the best thing you can do is look at all of your options.

Price determine everything. Individuals who are looking to buy rattan furniture can find some of these pieces for wholesale prices as well. If you know where to look, you can get what you want for your home without spending too much money. There are numerous furniture stores and wholesalers who can give you a great deal on the pieces you want to put in your home. Then you have to think carefully about what exactly you are looking for before you decide.

One great benefit of buying rattan furniture, whether you are an individual or business, which is strong and durable. Unlike many other kinds of furniture that fall apart easily over the years, rattan furniture will stand strong for a long time. Those who purchase these pieces are almost always satisfied with how they feel and look. One of the great things about rattan furniture is that it is good for more than just decoration; you will actually be able to sit in or lye down on pieces made from this type of material, making them ideal for just about anyone.

Be responsive and selective of anything about rattan furniture, this will help you to acknowledge about the quality of the products before making any decision to choose. But one thing for sure, by choosing rattan furniture to fill your home is the right choice for it worth to be chosen.

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Wicker vs Rattan

Most of the layman are sometimes wonder what the exactly different about rattan and wicker? This question is also came up on every products classification from customers of one manufacturer on buying process.

Anyway, the answer is about the definition of each thing between the rattan and the wicker. Overall, the answer will deeply clarify about the product and the process.

Originally, we all knows that rattan is typical of palm tree that can be found in tropical country like in Indonesia. Rattan will start to grow upwards like common tree, but then bends back to ground like a vine. After a few years of it growth, the vine of the rattan will cut into, more or less,  3.7 to 5.5 meters and hauled away for drying. Because of the long process that should be done before creating the products, some manufactures are exporting the raw material of wicker or rattan that already done on process and ready to be formed as furnitures.

wicker and rattan

The manufacture that usually in charge for exporting the processed rattan is Philippines or those in Southeast Asia to be exported in America, like North Carolina. The products are vary for Wicker Basket, Resin Wicker, Wicker Storage, Wicker Patio, Wicker Cushions, Wicker Garden Furniture

Rattan is considered to be one of the strongest woods available, since its grain grows vertically instead of forming the concentric rings of most other hardwoods. The straight rattan is usually steamed and then bent into the desired shape through the use of specialized shapers. Once the rattan has dried, it will retain its shape forever. These rattan poles are often used to form the frames of what will become rattan or wicker furniture.

Meanwhile, there is no material on Earth called wicker. Some manufacturers may even use the phrase cane furniture in place of either rattan or wicker. It is essentially the same thing as wicker, but the material used in the weaving may or may not be rattan.

Here’s where the difference between rattan and wicker lies. Rattan is a specific material, but wicker is the general process of weaving rattan or other materials into finished goods. A rattan chair is definitely made from rattan, but a wicker chair may use other materials such as straw or bamboo slats around a rattan frame.

Rattan vines may also be peeled mechanically to form thin slats for weaving. The curved outer layer is also used as a decorative trim to hide the rough seams created by the wicker process. Bamboo may also be used for trim, but rarely as a form. Bamboo is hollow, which means it often cracks when steamed and bent. While, rattan is solid, which makes it an ideal material for the lightweight but solid furniture that commonly being call as wicker.

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Maintenance & Cleaning Rattan Furniture (Product Care)

Maintenance & Cleaning Rattan Furniture (Product Care)

Do not let  your rattan furniture to be exposed to harsh ultraviolet sunlight for prolonged periods of time, for it can affect the colour that can fade periodically. Gently wipe over the frames with a moist, clean cloth to remove dust or spills and vacuum the woven parts with a soft brush attachment.

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Waterhyacinth is a natural untreated handmade product and will absorb moisture and dry out in direct relation to climate conditions. To avoid any deterioration it is recommended that the environment be dry and well ventilated.

For major liquid spills, remove all upholstery, hose the waterhyacinth furniture and place outside or in a drying room to dry. Please note that it is important that the furniture is dried and not remain wet or damp for any length of time as this will result in mould and subsequent deterioration of the water hyacinth furniture.

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