What’s the Difference Between Rattan and Wicker?

In the world of coastal home decor, the terms rattan and wicker are often used interchangeably. We can admit we’ve been guilty of this too! This lack of clarity recently led us down a path to better understanding the difference between the two, and we thought we’d share our findings with you.

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Rattan is a natural material, a type of vine that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and beyond. It's known for its durability and flexibility, making it a favored choice for durable yet relaxed furniture.

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Wicker, on the other hand, refers not to a material but to a technique of weaving. This technique can be applied to a variety of materials, including rattan, but can also be used on bamboo, willow, and even synthetic fibers. Wicker's intricate patterns and craftsmanship offer a decorative charm, adding layers of texture and depth to coastal interiors.

(Credit: Molly Goodman)

In summary, rattan is a natural material, and wicker is a weaving technique. Wicker can be made of rattan, and rattan can be woven in a wicker technique. We hope that helps clear things up!

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