wicker furniture – In different parts of the world people have long used wickerwork, because in almost any climate zone there are plants, various parts of which ( long flexible branches, roots or leaves ) can be used for weaving. At the same time , mining and processing of these plants is not so cumbersome and the power of even women and children , so wicker boxes, containers for food storage , baskets , chests and trunks were widely used in agriculture .
A wicker furniture craft appeared in blocks of Ancient Rome , it became the ancestor of the trunk, it was more accessible and cheaper wooden furniture . Therefore wickerwork ( mainly reed ) were considered in Rome plebeian furniture. But soon Patricia appreciated soft and solid braid , using it to cover the seats in the benches and sofas. It was very comfortable , and one is not surprised that the carved rosewood bench covered with a woven cloth, as a commoner in the house .
Reed stalks and dry cereal , we are also required the development of weaving.
There are different types of weaving. They differ primarily by the form of the materials used . The most strong and durable , and therefore the most common is the rattan – it shoots rattan , which grows in the tropical jungle . They make a high-quality furniture to withstand heavy loads , high humidity , and even temperature changes. This feature rattan noticed the British : in their raw , foggy climate rattan furniture on the terrace stood for several years without losing its strength .
Before weaving , rattan purified from the bark , and it becomes flat and smooth . Specially creeper soaked or steamed , to give them the desired shape bends . In recent years, rattan furniture color : dark coated with varnish or white paint.
Willow – tree growing in the northern hemisphere . He flexible , smooth and shiny bars. Willow woven baskets , boxes, chests, benches and cradle our ancestors . But less decorative and willow in a city apartment is mainly used in a variety of baskets.
Bulrush – marsh grass, which is mainly used in the manufacture of furniture for weaving elastic access . From the leaves of palm trees with the help of special treatment also weave carpets and furniture . Are also used for weaving and some types of algae .
In Europe, wicker rattan furniture came with the beginning of colonial conquests . European deputies in hot climates colonies could appreciate the benefits of ” purged ” wicker furniture , and returning home in the metropolis , carried with them in an exotic hand-made gift items openwork wicker furniture .
Its first overall British : on terraces and porches of their houses appeared wicker rocking chairs, sofas and armchairs . And then all of Europe was already conquered this lightweight and durable furniture. Fashion on the ” Twist ” , as any fashion , then flared , then subsided , but basketry has since never disappeared entirely from European interiors.
In our time, wicker furniture is relevant again , and in the most prestigious furniture stores are now represented wicker sets for home, garden, and even the office. Among the products are very popular bedrooms, sofas and chairs , shelves and screens , coffee tables .
And Wicker Furniture ” gets ” in the interiors of different styles , even in a rigorous and demanding classics. See how gracefully looks sofa, carved wood decorated with wicker accents and covered with white paint . A made in the same style as support for flowers may well stand next .
Rattan furniture for urban interiors , unlike garden furniture , lost its colonial connotation. Now rattan used in conjunction with other materials : solid wood , glass, plastic and leather. As an example, the following picture : bar , bar wooden paneling , and to him – bar rattan chairs with leather seats .
Traditional entirely wicker furniture in modern interiors often used for some contrast with synthetic materials , an abundance of glass , light wood and metal. In the next photo in the center of the interior is worth deliberately ” rustic ” chair, but it does not destroy the harmony , but rather fits in an unusual environment .
It is worth noting that wicker sofas and chairs designed for the urban environment , often now have cushions upholstered in natural fabric ( cotton or linen ) to sit on such furniture more comfortable and removable covers can be washed as needed . In addition , the fabric seemed particularly emphasizes the beauty and ennobles woven fabric , made of even the toughest materials.
Care for wicker furniture is easy. Besides washing textile covers, sofas and chairs can be brushed . A dust inside weave twigs removed using a conventional vacuum cleaner . After cleaning , especially rattan furniture , rods should handle the qualitative composition for cleaning polished wooden furniture – then they permanently retain flexibility and shine.