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History

Rattan (from the Malay word rotten) is a type of jungle- growing vine, found mainly in Southeast Asia. Woven cane is actually made using the outer skin from the rattan plant, with its giant spiky stems which help it climb through the tropical forests.

During the 17th century woven seating was first introduced and proved very popular due to their hygienic nature as parasites and alike had nowhere to hide…

The weave was wide and over time advanced to more finer and intricately woven closer patterns, cane work has remained popular due to its fine look, durability and practicality.

Although the rattan was used to make furniture in India and China, it was the building of the British Empire in India and Malaya during the early 19th century that really bought woven rattan furniture to the notice of the British and later to the Americans because it was lightweight, easily cleaned, cool - perfect for the tropics and in keeping with the victorian craze for Asian inspired design.

Our Curly Cane collection of unusual ornate and dramatic pieces are based on the styling of the iconic Peacock Chair which dates back to the 1800's. It is believed that the shaping and form originates from the Philippines and belongs to the family of the Southeast Asian rattan hourglass chairs highlighted in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.

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