What is Rattan?

Rattan is one of the world’s strongest woods. It grows vertically, like a vine which allows it not to form concentric rings like most other hardwoods. The diameter and length of the rattan according to the specie of rattan and can be as long as 600 feet, however they are cut into 12 – 15 foot lengths and tied into large bundles to make the journey from jungle to processing area. The stems and the outer protective layer of the rattan are then removed by hand. The poles are fumigated and left on end “teepee” style to dry. The poles are then extruded through a machine producing wicker to be used for weaving into the frame. The large poles are used for the construction of the frame.

What maintenance is required for rattan and how long will it last?

Rattan requires very little maintenance, light dusting or a damp cloth. Rattan can easily be touched up with premium wood stains or gloss lacquers.

Where does rattan grow?

Rattan grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa, extending as far north as Nepal and Bhutan, and as far south as Papua New Guinea. They only grow in tropical forests.

How many types of rattans are there?

There are approximately 650 species of rattans, in 13 genera. A handful of species are widely used, such as Calamus manan, and many others are used locally.

Is rattan environmental sustainability?

Rattan’s renewability, fast (re-)growth and versatility allow rattan to be selectively harvested without destroying the standing ecosystems. That means that rattan can provide regular income opportunities for local craftspeople without harming the local environment of local communities.