being light in weight. Often. This look can not come through in other types of furniture,
especially wood and fully upholstered furniture which tends to be bulky and heavy.
I have combined cane, wicker and rattan with leather, wood sparingly and mild steel".
Thick cane has its own appeal; but one can opt for delicacy too with a light, soft look,
it can be customized and tailored to the finish of the room. Cane combines very well with
wrought iron ;it soften it .It also looks good with wood. Cane looks beautiful in itself,
says Bhatia, but it also combines well with wood and wrought iron.
I do a lot of occasional chairs, says Singh, which are often used by
interior designer as single pieces to offset a whole interior. Also,
you have sofa sets, bar stools, trunks or chests which are used at the
base of beds or as separate accents, wicker baskets and trays, magazine
racks, etc .I advice my clients not to use cane dining tables because they
tend to become bulky without adequate space for legs underneath .I offer the
alternative of metal base with cane or leather accents and a plate glass top
which makes them trendy and attractive .I also do head board but advise my
clients to have beds of wood and board with an attractive cane head-board to go with it.
I have used cane sheet for the fronts of wardrobes in different finishes, Sethi tells
us cane also makes lovely screens that looks rustic; you can add a finished fabric like
a tissue to them to give a sense of drama.
Cane does not have to be monochromatic. As Bhatia says, There are natural shades, wooden
shades and colors available. However, we recommend natural shades; they can always be painted
later if she desired .You can also use wood finishes to match the cane with the rest of your
home furniture. Sethi tells us that cane painted black and gold or different colours is a
popular design option.
According to Jain, There are a variety of colour finishes available which look better than paint.
These finishes are more of a polish through which the natural texture of the cane still be seen.
Paint gives a very commercial look and hides the natural texture.
There is a lot of cheap cane available locally at rock bottom rates but the quality and finishing
is often suspected. Good quality cane, though it costs a little more, is still highly affordable. A
living room ensemble would range from about rs60, 000 , with individual pieces ranging from Rs. 500
to Rs. 10000
However, exclusively does have its price. My prices range from Rs 5000 to Rs 15000 a seats for sofas
and occasion’s chairs, Singh tells us, Dinning chairs are from Rs. 3500 to 6500, depending upon the
labour and material costs involved. According to her, people tend to feel that cane furniture is cheap
but cane raw material has, over the past 10 years, risen in price tenfold, unlike hard wood which has
perhaps only double costs are the same as for wood. The additional costs in producing my type of finished
furniture lie in the intricacy of manufacturing each piece, adds Singh. This fact is often not understood
by some one who just looks at a finished item. Sometimes, an intricate sofa chair takes more than a month
to make from start to finish.
Intricate or simple, there is an unmistakable character about cane furniture, a class that has endured and prevailed.
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What’s in a name
Cane and rattan are commonly mistaken to be the same as bamboo. This is not so. Bamboo is hollow from knot to knot and
rigid, while cane and rattan are strong , solid and flexible. Cane and rattan are members of the palmae family. There
are 600 species found in the rain forests of India. Southeast Asia, China and Indonesia.
Rattan grows by sticking itself to trunks of trees and cane be in lengths up to 600 ft. Its
strength when properly cured, has been compared steel. The only Difference between cane and rattan is that cane has thicker
poles while rattan is the thinner species, which is normally used for wicker furniture.
The difference between rattan , cane and wicker is more of nuance. People
generally tend to use these three terms interchangeably. Technically, rattan is the actual reed or
vine, which grows in the continent of Asia. Rattan is used in different ways depending upon its
thickness, rigidity and maturity. There are many different varieties of rattan vine which grows
into a thickness above one inch is used for making frames of chairs and other pieces of furniture
through the application of heart, generally a blow lamp. Thicker rattan is generally referred to as
cane. Rattan vine which remains malleable and does not increase in thickness beyond an inch is shredded
either by hand or by using a coring machine into thinner sections which are used in ‘wicker work’.
Wicker is a term used for all woven materials in the construction of a piece of a furniture made from
rattan. The term wicker comes from technique used in basket making. Varied materials can be used for
wicker work, such as thin reeds or vine of rattan, split rattan willow twigs, fine outside skin of the
rattan vine , water hyacinth, fibre, banana leaf or even manmade strands from papier mache.
The actual word cane generally refers to the more mature thicker vine which has a tighter tissue
arrangement and does not easily spilt .It has a thicker skin. Sometimes it is used in its entirety,
without peeling, where the colour of its outer skin is attractive. This thicker stick of cane is
normally used for making the frame of a piece of furniture.
Cane is a natural renewable resource .The quality of a cane varies considerably according to the surrounding
habitat and the prevailing weather conditions. The ultimate quality of furniture varies according to the species
of cane used and the processes applied during treating and finishing.
To match the quality requirement, the cane chosen must be strong, durable and of consistent character .Of more
than 100 species of rattan palm, only 20 percent of the cane harvested can be used to ensure that quality is
The environment-friendly label is well deserved. Cane’ growth rate of more than 20 cm. A day makes it easily sustainable.
And its removal aids the growth of other forest trees. The process of harvesting and manufacture is labour intensive, offering
valued employment in the poorest areas of the world.
The numerous processes involved include chopping, harvesting and gathering from dense jungle areas; striping and removing
thorns before transportation to the factory; selection and grading; and debarking and peeling, sanding and plucking, soaking and steaming.
The rattan is now ready to undergo transformation into an item of furniture by applying further handcrafting skills like bending and shaping;
weaving; and assembling and binding.
The now recognizable furniture is finished and coloured . Numerous processes can be used like staining or washing; spraying or dipping; and
lacquering .The resulting frame of cane furniture will last for many years with only a little care and attention.
It looks like cane. but isn't Ramboo furniture from Ramboo problem (India) Pvt. Ltd. claims to be an eco friendly substitute to traditional furniture
made of cane, wood or wrought iron.
Priced between Rs. 2, 500 and rs.1.5 lakh, Ramboo offer 25 shades to choose from; the furniture is made with the internationally patented Prolen
technology, which uses high tech composites to manufacture furniture, which looks like wood and cane but has high performance characteristics.
The range includes chairs, tables, sofa sets, dining tables, longer and beds.
M.S.Bhandari, President, ramboo India, says: being rain proof, misuse-proof and termite-proof, Proline furniture is a life time concept with no
maintenance and breakage cost.
Especially popular are the tabletops with unique and distinct finishes. There is a plain finish, where actual fabrics of the customer’s choice
is covered with a transparent prolen coating. This enables the table to match with other furnishings in the room!
Wipe gently with a moist clean cloth from time to time. About once a month , sponge or fine mist spray the panels with tepid
water, protecting the surrounding wood and/ or up hoistery. Remove any excess moisture and allow the panel to dry
fully in free air.
Polish occasionally with a spray of furniture polish.
Protect from direct harsh sunlight to preserve the colours longer.
Rotate and turn cushion whenever possible. Plump the cushion to restore shape.
Keep away from heaters, blowers etc; This will dry out the cane, making it brittle, allowing individual strands to snap easily.
If any strands break, get them repaired; as each strands goes it puts an added strain on the others.
New cane work will mellow to a lovely warm brown colour in only a few months and in this natural state will last far longer if it were
Any localized pressure, like someone often standing on a cane chair or stool, will break the seat. A load that is evenly spread out is
Untreated cane furniture is prone to insect attack or infestation .Pin hole borers will bore through cane and leave a fine powdery sustain
on the floor. To prevent this, spray insecticide or use anti-termite spray over the furniture.
Do not place cane furniture under direct sun and rains as the cane may loss its elasticity and crack.
Furniture should be dusted regularly with a paintbrush. This will allow you to reach between the grooves .A good alternative is to
vacuum with a brush attachment.
Oil cane once or twice a year, to keep it from drying out and becoming brittle. This is not necessary for the first several years.