The wonderful world of wicker (and rattan)26 May 2023 Don’t dismiss wicker as the stuff of your grandmother’s conservatory.
For one thing, grandma chic and cottage core are in, which means that wicker are desirable once more.
Wicker is an ancient technique dating back as far as 5000 years. It was popularised in the 19th century when it was used outside as well as inside. Weather resistant and versatile it retained its popularity.
As well as chairs and baskets, wicker is a material in many home objects. It is usually presented as a practical, summery, indoor-outdoor material, but can also offer a bit of texture and depth. Designers recommend looking for diverse shapes and styles, sticking to statement pieces, and looking out for ways to help it add colour to an interior.
Note that rattan, a term often used interchangeably with wicker, is a material while ‘wicker’ indicates a style of weave. Wicker furniture can also be made with willow, reed and bamboo, or, more recently, synthetic fibres.