What is Rattan Garden Furniture

By searching tables or chairs for outdoor use, I wondered What is rattan garden furniture?

Actually, I’m a little confused about the use of the term Rattan in garden furniture production and trading.

Even more for me as English is not a mother’s tongue a term Wicker Furniture sounds a bit confusing.

No secret that many traders who display on labels or on ads that the material is Wicker or Rattan but very often it is not so correct.

What do I mean? In short.

Rattan is a close relative of the palm tree. It is a type of a vine that rapidly grows in the jungles of Southeast Asia and in Northern Australia.

Wicker is not a material it is but a method of weaving.

PE Rattan is a synthetic material and looks like natural rattan.

I believe that most of the furniture which is labeled as Rattan Garden Furniture, even in Amazon online store, is made of PE rattan material.

Wicker furniture all is made by hand weaved and is very durable. PE rattan and other synthetic wicker today is the bestseller as much of it is manufactured in South East Asia where traditional weaving expertise still alive.

 Even more, synthetic wicker materials like PE rattan and others give the same appearance as natural rattan fibers but they have the longer lifetime for outside use.

Well, but our topic is about Rattan Garden Furniture. So, I slightly change a search term to Natural Rattan Garden Furniture.

When searching in my favorite Amazon.com not so many results are pop up. Actually, you can find a genuine rattan furniture piece by looking at higher price tag. As a rule, they are made in Indonesia and is top quality products. Some customer’s claims could be found only in the quality of cushions and pillows.

Natural Rattan Garniture

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  • Malibu Rattan Wicker Living Room Set 4 PiecesMalibu Rattan Wicker Living Room Set 4 Pieces
  • 3 PC Malibu Design Natural Handmade Rattan Wicker Light Brown Set: 2 Lounge Arm Chairs with Burgundy Cushions and Coffee Table 3 PC Malibu Design Natural Handmade Rattan Wicker Light Brown Set: 2 Lounge Arm Chairs with Burgundy Cushions and Coffee Table
  • Java Swivel Rocking Chair Colonial with Cushion Handmade Natural Wicker Rattan Furniture Java Swivel Rocking Chair Colonial with Cushion Handmade Natural Wicker Rattan Furniture
  • Seascape Indoor Natural Rattan and Wicker Sofa by Spice Island Wicker Seascape Indoor Natural Rattan and Wicker Sofa by Spice Island Wicker

Malibu Rattan Wicker Living Room Set 4 Pieces

Imported (Indonesia) 5 Star Average Rating 4Naural Rattan Dark Brown Naural RattanCoffee Table Dark Brown Cream Cushions Not necessary60lb/27,2 kgview pricefull review

3 PC Malibu Design Natural Handmade Rattan Wicker Light Brown Set: 2 Lounge Arm Chairs with Burgundy Cushions and Coffee Table

rattanusa 5 Star Average Rating 3Naural RattanLight BrownRattanBurgundy Cushions Not necessary60lb/27,2 kgview pricefull review

Java Swivel Rocking Chair Colonial with Cushion Handmade Natural Wicker Rattan Furniture

rattanusa4 Star Average Rating 1Naural RattanLight BrownNaural RattanyesNot necessary35lb/15,8 kgview pricefull review

Seascape Indoor Natural Rattan and Wicker Sofa by Spice Island Wicker

American Rattan & Wicker 5 Star Average Rating 5Naural RattanLight BrownNaural RattanyesNot necessaryview pricefull review

Is a natural rattan garden furniture so popular? I guess that not as popular as PE rattan wicker garden furniture sets. I hardly found any customer review in Amazon.com, and it shows the low rate of purchases.

When we change back search keywords to Rattan Garden Furniture Sets the results are much more pleasant. Prices are more affordable and a variety of products are wider.

My conclusion about Rattan Garden Furniture is that if you want to feel the sense of steamy forests of Indonesia or Philippines and only natural material adherent then buy it. You will enjoy the feeling of 50-ies and 60-ies.

Today is fashionable to buy some furniture imported from the British colony in the 19th century and 20th century. Mainly it is small decorative side chairs and occasional tables to hold jewelry boxes or flower vase.

However, a natural rattan is vulnerable to heavy weather conditions, especially low temperatures, frost and rain. The great demand and popularity of rattan wicker garden furniture forced to look manufacturers for new material and they found that synthetic fibers or polyethylene became the best alternative.

PE rattan wicker garden furniture could be left outside whole year along, and only you need then when the snow has melted is rinse them and put cushions.

So, do not blame sellers when you found that your recently purchased rattan garden furniture set is made of PE rattan wicker material. PE rattan wicker chairs and sofas are durable, and prices are more friendly than natural rattan furniture. Only from the proper choice is depending on how long and how pleasant your garden furniture will serve you.

Just one five stars verified purchase customer review from Amazon.com

„This set is a great value for the price! I enjoy building things, so putting this together was no problem. (Though I should’ve paid better attention to the instructions and saved some time) It looks great and is still holding up well after regular use. My space is covered, but if it was open to the elements, I’d probably not leave the cushions out. All in all, a great set.“

 


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  • Denis says:

    Hi Andrejs,
    I like the way you describe and break down all of the different aspects of both natural Rattan and PE Rattan furniture. So, I live in a country where the winter is long, and from what you describe, PE rattan (or synthetic Rattan) can withstand the harsh conditions of winter. That is great! I will definitely look it up for my next outdoor furniture purchase.

    • admin says:

      Hi, Denis and thanks for stopping by.

      Actually, I also live in long winter and drizzly autumn region. Therefore, I will have to look for PE rattan garden furniture sets. Unfortunately, the prices in our shops are much higher than in Amazon online store.

      I still searching the best for my needs.

  • jeffrey16201 says:

    Wow

    This garden furniture really sounds impressive, you can leave it out all winter even in places where it become very cold with snow. That alone is impressing, my garden furniture I must take in every fall, if not it will not be worth much next spring.

    I have often wondered what is the difference between garden furniture and patio furniture?

    • admin says:

      Thanks Jeffrey for comment.

      Actually, my understanding is that no any difference between garden and patio furniture sets. Even in Wiki is defined that:

      Garden furniture, also called patio furniture or outdoor furniture, is a type of furniture specifically designed for outdoor use. It is typically made of weather-resistant materials such as aluminium which does not rust. The oldest surviving examples of garden furniture were found in the gardens of Pompeii.

      I think just in warmer climate countries a patio is a popular outdoor place to have dinner or just to relax.

  • Netta says:

    Hey Andrejs:

    Thanks for your page on rattan garden furniture. It has exactly pinpointed the problem I’m having finding natural rattan furniture!

    Yes, I know the PE rattan is more durable and less expensive and so on. The styles are lovely and all, but I do have a preference for the more natural stuff.

    Guess I’m just going to have to keep haunting estate sales. (Sigh!)

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Netta for stopping by.

      You are right that natural rattan garden furniture is NATURAL and real feelings you can not fool. Brand new sets are pricey, but my neighbor had found a flea market two great second-hand chairs for under fifty buck each just needs a little mending.

      Need to spend some time and drive around or search online and I hope that it is possible to find natural rattan garden furniture for the affordable money.

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