What makes collecting and owning antique and vintage rattan furniture so interesting, and occasionally frustrating, is the vague history of this class of collectibles. Almost every attempt at defining this class of furniture, first gives a quick bow to ancient Egypt before launching into 1930’s Art Deco styles. There’s a lot of vintage & antique rattan furniture that was produced between those dates, and much of it is still there, ready to be discovered.
Antique rattan furniture is as much at home on the porch or sunroom as in the bedroom. It works with many different decorating styles and is a favorite of decorators everywhere. Rattan, bamboo, wicker; what is the difference? These are all materials that have been used to make furniture that was especially popular during the Victorian era. Rattan and bamboo are plants, but wicker describes a certain way of weaving fibers. Wicker can be woven of bamboo, rattan, or even straw but only rattan can be rattan. It is the stem of a tropical tree that is related to the palm.
It grows upward and then bends over and continues growing more like a vine than a tree. Unlike bamboo, the trunk or stem of rattan is solid which makes it a better candidate for making sturdy furniture. To begin with, rattan is a type of jungle-growing vine, found mainly in Southeast Asia. Indonesia (particularly Borneo), the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh account for the bulk of the world’s production. The wood is solid, unlike bamboo, which is hollow, but it does have section joints.
Today’s antique furniture collectors now concentrate on rattan pieces made during the period 1870-1930. They face the usual challenges of all antique collectors, no matter what is being discussed: repairs, restorations, reproductions and fakes. For rattan furniture collectors, add to that the problem of the material itself. Is it really rattan? Are other materials mixed in, either during production or afterwards. When was a repair made? It takes experience and careful examination to tell, sometimes.
Rattan is difficult to identify because most of it is not labeled by the manufacturer. Some designers are easy to pick out because of their unique design style. Below are two that are well known for their rattan designs, especially chairs. Many antique and vintage furniture dealers carry rattan pieces, and some even specialize in them. To make furniture the rattan is stripped of leaves and outer fibers. Small pieces are soaked and bent into shape while larger pieces are steamed to make them flexible. The large stems look like bamboo which can confuse the novice collector.
Antique rattan furniture usually has the joints wrapped with fiber for stability. More modern furniture will have the joints wrapped with leather or plastic to hide any screws. Then, how to cleaning and maintaining Antique Rattan Furniture with regular cleaning and maintenance your vintage rattan furniture can last for a very long time. You can use Murphy's oil soap and some water whisked up into thick suds. Skim off the bubbles (not the water) and rub them into the rattan with a clean cloth. It also can use a toothbrush to get stubborn dirt out of crevices.
Wipe antique rattan with a dry cloth and allow to air dry completely. Repeat this cleaning about once a month for best results, dust it once a week with a feather duster. After cleaning, rub lemon oil into the rattan. Keeping your antique rattan furniture oiled will help keep it from splitting. If your furniture does split, apply furniture glue and use tape or a wrap to hold the pieces in place until the glue completely dries. Here, antique and vintage rattan furniture can be found at a number of places.
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