The Wicker Dilemma: Rattan vs Resin

Wicker is one of the oldest plant materials used for structures like furniture and baskets. It dates back to the Egyptian times when reed and swamp grasses were woven into tables and chairs that normally only the wealthy could afford. Rattan furniture hit the USA around the 1850’s with Cyrus Wakefield. As the father of North American wicker manufacturing, Wakefield was the largest manufacturer of rattan furniture and carriage bodies, after stumbling into the industry