Rattan indoor and outdoor chairs are stylish, sturdy and comfortable. Rattan is lightweight, supple and natural, a type of wood that is actually a climbing vine species related to palm varieties. Wicker is a by-product created from the inner core of rattan fibre. Grown mostly in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, Rattan grows well in tropical climates. Because rattan uses other trees to grow or climb, you often see it in production in areas supporting reforestation and protection of native species.Aesthetics of Rattan Chairs
As a natural material, rattan and wicker chairs add texture and an ecological feel to your living space. Natural, stained or dyed colours and attractive weaves, combined with a range of contemporary and classic antique furniture types and styles make rattan and wicker a popular choice for dining, lounge, and garden and pool settings.Classic, Vintage and Antique Rattan Chairs
Rattan has been a key material in cane antique furniture and especially chairs for centuries. Use of Rattan in Asian furniture is timeless. The Edwardians loved it and blended wicker into the new lighter eclectic look of the era. European furniture makers crafted more new looks with it. The French Bergere style, which combines solid oaks with rattan backs and sides and wide comfortable cushions, is popular worldwide. As are American Bentwood styles. The 1970's and 1980's popularised peacock chairs, rocking chairs, hanging egg chairs and chaise loungers, and these are all retro looks that come back into style.Contemporary Rattan Chairs
There is something for everyone in the range of styles of contemporary rattan chairs and furniture including replica antique, retro and modern styles. Look for dining room chairs with high backs for an elegant formal table setting, or low backs for a casual bar or counter stool seating. Outdoor rattan loungers and sun chairs are great to recline in and relax on in the garden or by the pool and lightweight enough to move around with the sun or shade. Rattan patio chair and table sets will fit nicely into a small space. Indoor or outdoor armchairs with soft cushions are ideal for curling up into with a good book, TV or DVD. Rattan stools and ottomans are an added bonus to rest your feet and provide an additional seat.