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Why Decorate With Rattan, Bamboo And Other Woven Accents

- Giles Smith 04 Feb 2017
Why Decorate With Rattan, Bamboo And Other Woven Accents

Rattan, bamboo, cane, seagrass, they’re all hot right now.   Everybody wants everything woven and for good reason. Every space needs something woven.  Woven accents add such an element of texture, and texture is definitely needed in every space.   Woven pieces are always an asset to a space because they are unique and maybe even one of a kind, which adds personality to a space. 


In short, wicker is an umbrella term for anything woven (cane, bamboo, seagrass, rattan, etc).

Rattan:  Wicker work that utilizes material from the entire “vine,” which is actually a prolific climbing palm called Calamus: peel, core, pole and all.

Cane: Thin strips of rattan’s outer skin or peel. Considered most beautiful in its natural state, it has a natural glossy finish and does not accept stain or paint well. Usually used for weaving chair seats or wrapping joints on wicker furniture and is produced in many different gauges, ranging from carriage fine to the largest slab rattan.

Bamboo: Often mistaken for rattan, bamboo has a hollow core and rattan is solid. Bamboo has distinguishing ridges where the leaves were attached, while rattan’s leaf nodes are not so pronounced. Bamboo has intricate visible wood-like grains.

Seagrass: Despite the name seagrass is not grass. They are flowering plants found in shallow salty and brackish waters. There are 50 different species of seagrass and the species used by local artisans are farmed and harvested like rice. Each strand are stretched and dried for weaving. 

Most of the rattan, bamboo, seagrass & cane are seen and used in a specific type of space: maximalist, urban jungle, island/coastal or bohemian style spaces.  It’s a huge part of that style. But…. woven furniture and accessories can be used in any style. Seriously. Any style.  From the most traditional of traditional spaces to the most minimal modern space  – woven pieces will always work.

Get inspired! 

3 Seater Rattan Sofa- Design By

Styling: Kim van Rossenberg Fotografie: Sjoerd Eickmans VTWonen / Karwei

Source: DUFMOD Whitewash Oval Rattan Placemats

Source: DUFMOD Natural Seagrass Basket / Plush Seagrass basket

"In 2017 people will display a more conscientious approach to consumerism, preferring more quality solutions and natural materials. Plants are going to be the must-have decoration for the house and they will inspire the colour palette for wall paint together with Africa (ochre, rust, burgundy). Wood will be widely used, counterbalanced by materials like marble and plexiglass. The Nineties are back with velvet, geometric shapes and tartans." Elena Giavarini – Plus Deco Blog