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The Evolution of Wicker Furniture Design

Infographic showcasing periods of wicker and rattan furniture styles.

By | Sat, 04 Jan 2014 02:12:00 EST
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Entering a new year often puts us into a mode to evaluate our lives. We look to improve our health, our looks, and eliminate bad habits. Wicker Paradise thought it would be a great idea to go back to the roots of wicker furniture design and explore the home decor styles from the beginning. You can decorate your home with any type of furniture after all, so let's explore why we especially love woven wicker and rattan.

The Evolution of Wicker Furniture Design - An infographic by the team at Wicker Paradise

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The very beginning allows us to track woven furnishings to ancient Egypt. Pharaohs including Tutankhamen were buried with wicker. It was a way to celebrate their lives with beautifully handcrafted treasures that they would take with them for eternity.

This style of wicker still warms the hearts of many with its charm. Nineteenth century's Victorian era in England allowed wicker to be an important and popular element for furniture use. Victorians believed that the raw wicker form was far more sanitary for furniture, as it tended to collect much less dust than upholstered options. A modern day tip for easily removing dust and debris off of wicker furniture is to simply use the attachments on your vacuum to suck them right up.

United States wicker styles made its debut when Cyrus Wakefield began constructing his brand of wicker in the 1850s. Wakefield's company later merged with the Heywood Chair Manufacturing Company to form Heywood Wakefield. This business deal was big news, later becoming known as one of the oldest and most well known wicker manufacturers. Think of what your Grandmother owned to give you an idea of the classics that Heywood Wakefield produced.

Furnishings made of wicker began to fall in the public eye by the early 1900's. This all changed when Marshal B. Lloyd began producing wicker furniture from synthetic materials in more simplistic patterns. This greatly reduced the costs of production and lowered prices of this new style of loom wicker. Loom wicker was extremely popular in furnishings such as baby carriages, rockers and nightstands. You can find loom outdoor wicker furniture which has been updated and popular today for the porches and sun rooms.

Casual style caught on with Florida location based TV shows such as "Miami Vice" and "The Golden Girls."

Rattan classics like fan arm chairs used on the set of The Golden Girls spiked the demand for a new type of home decor option. This sparked an era of tropical rattan styles. Furniture decorated with exotic prints to make you feel like you were on a vacation.

Present day wicker furniture is available in both contemporary styles and traditional styles. Patio wicker chairs and outdoor sofas are reinforced with frames made out of aluminum for durability advantages. The synthetic wicker finish is coated with a UV and weather-resistant material that keeps your furniture in pristine condition. With modern technologies at it's best, make sure to take advantage of great quality fabrics such as Sunbrella to enjoy your wicker even in the most brutal climates. The age of contemporary, closed weave designs made for using all year round have become the new standard of what people like most about wicker furniture today!

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