Rattan grows naturally in the Rainforests of South-east Asia and is the material used in the weaving of furniture. In its original form, it is a relative of the tropical palm tree. Rattan starts to grow upwards like a tree, but then bends back to the ground and snakes through the rain forest like a vine. It is a fast growing natural material which makes it a sustainable for furniture production.
It is often referred to as Wicker Furniture, which is technically correct as Wicker is the process of weaving Rattan and other similar materials.
Each piece of Laura Ashley Rattan furniture can take up to 5 days to weave by skilled workers and therefore every piece is unique.