Wicker, commonly used as the substance from which ancient crafts were made, today is enjoying a resurgence of sorts, in the world of home decor and home furnishings. Having been researched and documented as first being widely used throughout the Iron Age and in ancient Egypt, wicker’s building material mostly came from reed and swamp grass.
Today, the popularity of wicker has not seemed to diminish having been widely used up to the 1970s–indoors. In the later part of the 20th century, wicker was gradually moved outdoors to the dismay of many wicker admirers.
For clarity sake, let us make mention of the fact that “wicker” refers to the process of inter-weaving certain materials to make a finished style design. It is not the name of a particular material. In fact, wicker furniture can be made up of various materials from sugar cane to plastic and resin.
Where Does Wicker Go Best
Up until the Edwardian or Victorian years, wicker was used in the interior of homes: in the living room area, bedroom areas, the nursery, the library and sewing rooms as well.
As the years passed, wicker was relegated to indoor, outdoor living–meaning an extended sun-room, screened-in front porch or screened-in back porch area. Not generally part of the overall interior house design, wicker pieces of furniture usually were found underneath a roof of some kind or an awning.
Many times distinctly elegant and appropriate for any area, casual, formal or even a playroom, wicker can be found in bedroom sets, dining room sets and living room furniture as well. There is nothing more relaxing than to find these pieces in an ocean side cottage porch area or even in one’s backyard in a cedar gazebo.
Indoors Or Outdoors
Until this very day, there remains an ongoing debate as to where is the best place to arrange wicker–indoors or outdoors. Whether it is elegantly placed around a poolside deck area or underneath an old oak tree, it is perfectly proper to use a wicker piece outdoors, esthetically speaking.
However, it is not too wise as it will be exposed to the elements and subject to all that the elements bring with them. Wicker fibers will rot from the rain and hardwood frames eventually fall off, peel or flake off. As common sense dictates, it’s best to keep these beautiful furniture pieces underneath some sort of overhead covering.
Today, magnificently made furniture pieces can be found quickly and conveniently through many quality online stores such as Wicker Paradise. Dining sets, king chairs, sofas, outdoor deck sets and everything in between can be viewed and purchased via the Internet at the click of a mouse.