Updated: Oct 1, 2021
Rattan is a type of climbing or trailing vine-like palm native to the tropical jungles of Indonesia. When rattan is harvested, it is cut into 13-foot lengths, and the dry sheathing is removed. Its stems are dried in the sun and then stored for seasoning. Then, these long rattan poles are straightened, graded by diameter and quality and shipped to furniture manufacturers.
Its popularity as a material for furniture-both outdoor and indoor-is unmistakable. Able to bent and curved, rattan takes in many wonderful curving forms. Its light, golden color brightens a room or outdoor environment and instantly conveys a feeling of a tropical paradise.
While rattan is used in a variety of products, the most important is the manufacture of furniture. Rattan supports a global industry valued at more than US$4 billion per year, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Until recently, almost all rattan was collected from tropical rainforests. Indonesia and a district of Borneo are the only two places in the world that produce rattan certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)