When comparing rattan furniture and other handmade goods, it’s important to pay close attention to detail so you’re able to distinguish major differences. 

Materials: Poor quality “rattan” is typically produced in China from man made materials that will scratch, tear, and come apart over time. Natural rattan is indigenous to Indonesia, one of two places in the world that produce rattan certified by the FSC. Needing trees to grow, rattan can provide an incentive for communities to conserve and restore the forest on their land. Quality rattan is durable against the elements, resistant to cracking, 100% sustainable, and is very low maintenance.

Support: Rattan products that are made with reduced costs in mind will have less materials with cheap and/or no frames (less material, less cost.) High quality rattan is made with a very detailed support system: An additional frame under the seat that provides support while maintaining its lightweight construction, & a thick rattan frame on the back & seater portion that provides the additional support needed to hold weight. Lastly, using recycled hooks that will not rust or corrode is important, vs steel hooks that will wear easily over time, or other elements that do not provide enough support.

Weave: Quality rattan is handwoven, a few rows at a time. When rattan chairs are made at a lower cost, and/or are mass produced, the rattan is woven in rows of 10 or more that show uneven patterns & odd spacing. The process to make high quality rattan is tedious but results in beautiful, symmetric pieces. You will notice this throughout our designs.

Quality: Simply put... Well made, quality rattan pieces will cost slightly more than goods that have been mass produced or made using techniques that don't require as much time and dedication. Low-grade rattan will last 2-3 months. High quality rattan will last several years if taken care of correctly.