Thursday, April 15, 2010

Antique Wicker: A Cottage Style Favorite

Have Your Lemonade
Sitting In An Antique Wicker Chair
Or Sofa

Wicker has always been a favorite on porches. Popular during the Victorian era, the word wicker is actually derived from the Scandinavian words wika, meaning "bend" and vikker, meaning "willow". Although many people refer to "wicker" as a material, it is actually a catch all term to apply to many different materials which are woven.

Types of Wicker

Materials available for weaving depend on the climate of a given region. For example in warmer areas you will see reeds, palm leaves, canes, grasses and of course rattan made into furniture.

Cooler Climates Use Different Materials

Crafters in cooler climates avail themselves to wood strips, rushes, wild grasses, willow twigs and roots for designing furniture.

Rattan A Natural Material Is Very Popular

Most of us are familiar with rattan the most popular natural material for weaving. Because rattan is a solid core vine it is very sturdy and a good choice for furniture. ( Wicker Design By Mary Whitesides 2003).

Wicker Styles

Wicker can be divided into several styles: Victorian, Art Deco, Bar Harbor, Stick Wicker (Modern). You will find more photos of vintage wicker in my book, Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes (
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C. Dianne Zweig
is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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