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Rattan Armchairs

Shopping for vintage and antique furniture is sometimes about searching for products that have a rich history behind them and an incredible story to tell. At other times it is about simply finding a piece that is made in a different way or using interesting materials that are perhaps not considered the norm in the 21st century. The rattan armchair is one such example, as is the bamboo armchair. These two versions of armchair are popularly categorised together however they actually have distinct historical pasts. Both rattan and bamboo were a popular productionmaterials in the early to mid 20th-century, but we don’t see too many rattan or bamboo armchairs made in the modern day, and this is where you can add intrigue into your home. Explore Vinterior’s gorgeous selection of rattan armchairs and bring sophistication and heritage to your home today.

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A little bit about vintage rattan armchairsOnce the preserve of royalty and the aristocracy, armchairs conveyed status and were designated for only the most wealthy and powerful in society. Louis XV’s court had some splendidly decorative armchairs, and their style has often been copied by manufacturers ever since. Yet it wasn’t until more recent times that armchairs spread through society and were made available to ordinary people in their own homes.The Victorian age saw more people being able to afford the comfort of an armchair, and soon, the iconic image of the comfortable pair of armchairs on either side of the drawing room fireplace was firmly established in the mind.The 20th century saw the introduction of the armchair to even more homes, with increasingly comfortable padding and upholstery added on. Today, armchairs are seen almost everywhere, from retirement homes to hotel lobbies, and from offices to living rooms.What isn’t seen very often these days is a rattan armchair. Although rattan is still popular today, it is mostly used for outdoor furniture. In the 20th century, however, it was commonly used for a wide range of indoor furnishings, including armchairs. From standard chairs designed for living room use to decorative peacock style pieces that are perfect for a conservatory, vintage rattan armchairs are still in demand today.About the vintage bamboo armchairThe material bamboo is commonly lumped in with rattan, in the modern day. This is simply due to a lack of awareness around the differences between the two materials and the fact that each is now more commonly used for garden furntiture, rather than indoor furniture. As a default, they are both referred to interchangably, but this is incorrect. Bamboo as a material for furniture is routed in Chinese history. Whereas Rattan is more commonly associated with English, Victorian history. The features of rattan armchairsRattan armchairs come in all shapes and sizes, from large and dramatic pieces that would take pride of place as a focal point in your room, to smaller and more practical items designed to fit neatly into a corner or as part of a set. While some are made entirely from this material, others are combined with solid wood frames to make particularly sturdy and durable pieces of furniture.The rattan itself may be a light beige or a dark brown or anything in between. It will, however, always be resilient and strong enough for everyday use.Modern armchairs aren’t hard to find, however many are mass-produced and simply lack the character and style that you can find in a vintage or antique piece. When you choose a vintage rattan armchair, you aren’t just investing in a beautiful piece of furniture; you will add something quite different to your interior space.Don’t forget also that a vintage armchair has already been proven to be durable and resilient, unlike many modern pieces of furniture which are so easily damaged and broken. With vintage rattan armchairs, you aren’t just getting a gorgeous item for your home, you’re bringing the past back to life in a stunning and elegant way.The features of a bamboo armchairUnlike rattan, bamboo is hollow and not flexible so cannot be manipulate into annatural shapes, whereas rattan is solid and very flexible. With that key distinguishing feature, a very easy way to identify a vintage bamboo armchair over a vintage rattan armchair is to look for any details on the armchair that have been made by bending and manipulating the wood. If there aren't any, you're more than likely looking at a vintage bamboo armchair, rather than rattan.Find vintage rattan armchairs at VinteriorVintage rattan armchairs have the ability to make your home a more interesting and eclectic place. Whether you choose to add your rattan armchair to a conservatory or snug, want to incorporate it in a nursery or prefer to use it as part of a mix and match living room set, this piece will serve to catch the eye and make your interior space a truly unique place.With more than a thousand trusted sellers registered with Vinterior, there’s nowhere better to find your ideal antique, vintage, artisan and bespoke furniture. So explore our website now and find all the inspiration you need.

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