|Updated: 4/18/2007 10:42 am
||Published: 4/18/2007 10:42 am
You might think wicker is a type of material, but it actually refers to a technique of weaving either long strips of plants or synthetic material. Natural wicker is usually made of reed and is hand-woven. Wicker furniture is most commonly found in Victorian motifs, but other designs as well as customized finishes and fabrics are also available. Another option is weather resistant wicker, which is achieved from using either synthetic material or special coating. This all-weather furniture is difficult to distinguish from its natural reed counterpart. The frame for this type of furniture is usually made from aluminum, and the wicker used can be made of many different materials such as extruded resin, natural reed with special coating, synthetic strands of paper twisted around stainless steel wire, vinyl, fiberglass, and more. Reputable manufacturers of all-weather wicker will often warranty their furniture against damage from sun, rain, snow, and chlorine. If you'd like more information on wicker furniture that's made to withstand the elements, contact a furniture dealer in your area.