Garden furniture, also called patio furniture sometimes. But it's not always the same. People more often say garden furniture in Europe but usually say patio furniture in America. It is a type of furniture specifically designed for outdoor use. It is often made of weather resistant materials, which can withstand burning sun, cold, moisture etc.
There are some different opinions about the origin of the wicker garden furniture. One is saying that garden furniture origin from Egypt.
Furniture is an essential part of human society. Since well before the beginning of recorded history, people have been making use of at least some form of crafted furniture, and before that there can be little doubt that they made use of advantageous parts of their surroundings, such as well-shaped rocks or logs, with a similar end result. While the presence of furniture has not changed in all of this time, though, it can be certainly said that the furniture itself has very much changed over the years. In fact, essentially every aspect of furniture has changed, with the possible exception of its basic purpose.
People still sit on chairs and set thing on tables, so change can only go so far. However, one of the most interesting aspects to look at chance through over time are the materials used in the creation of the furniture. Some materials, such as stone, have largely disappeared, replaced by new things such as plastics. And other materials have remained. Take as an example the wicker garden furniture that many people have in their gardens. Believe it or not, that wicker garden furniture is the modern incarnation of an ancient legacy of furniture construction.
The processes that are used in the making of that wicker garden furniture are nothing new. They have been used, in some variation or another, since the days of the ancient Egyptians, and perhaps even farther back. Yes, wicker has its roots in the cultures of days long gone, where people had to make their furniture out of whatever they had on hand. While peoples such as the ancient Egyptians might not have had an abundance of all building materials, but there is one thing that they had a virtually endless supply of: reeds.
The Nile River , you see, had banks that were lined with reeds by the thousands. Of course, with so many of these reeds around, it was only natural that the ancient Egyptians would find a constructive use for them, and that they did by weaving the reeds together into wicker baskets and furniture which were used for centuries in the ancient Egyptian empire.
However, the wicker garden furniture you know and love had a long ways yet to go before reaching its present day form. As time went on, the practice of weaving reeds into wicker furniture and various wicker containers began to spread. At the time, Egypt was the trade capital of the Mediterranean area, and when money changes hands, culture often does as well.
And so it was that the process of making wicker objects spread throughout the world, showing up very prominently in medieval European cultures, as well as many other places. People began using materials other than the reeds that were used in Egypt , such as willow rods, and other flexible woods that would not break when woven (such as bamboo.) Eventually as technology allowed, people even began using synthetic rattan. And that brings the history of your wicker garden furniture to the present. (Back to Top)
History of Wicker Furniture From Egypt to the America
Wicker furniture began its history in the exotic Egyptian empire of 3000 B.C. While working to uncover the civilizations of the pharaohs, archaeologists have discovered dozens of examples of wicker furniture made from reed and swamp grasses (Saunders 1990). Historians believe these grasses growing along the Nile river were popular material for a variety of furniture in the Egyptian kingdom, including chests, baskets, wig boxes, and chairs. Wicker furniture items created in Egypt traveled throughout the ancient world and eventually became quite popular in Rome . Appreciating the style and simplicity of this furniture, Roman emperors began utilizing wicker to create their own furniture styles.
Wicker furniture become quite common in several European countries by the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Adventurous sea travelers with an appreciation for ancient Roman culture scattered wicker furniture throughout Europe, and explorers' forays into Southeast Asia brought about the discovery and use of rattan, a much sturdier wicker material than reed (Saunders 1990).
By the nineteenth century's Victorian era in England , wicker had become an important and popular element for outdoor furniture. As lovers of cleanliness, Victorians believed that the raw wicker was far more sanitary for furniture, as it tended to collect much less dust than upholstered items. Wicker furniture became popular for use both in the home and in the garden, as its simplicity and flexibility lent itself toward a variety of different furniture styles and designs.
The first items of wicker furniture came to America with travelers on the May, it would not experience widespread popularity in the new world until the mid-nineteenth century. Rattan, the most common material for wicker furniture, was frequently used in this time period to hold cargo in place on trading ships that had ventured to Asia . In the early 1850s, Cyrus Wakefield, discovered large quantities of rattan on the shipping docks of Boston and became fascinated by the material. Recognizing rattan's potential for a variety of purposes, Wakefield began his own rattan importing company in Boston and commenced bringing entire ships full of it into America . The material became quite popular with basket and furniture makers, and Wakefield himself began constructing his own line of wicker furniture from rattan. His popular furniture designs soon caught on and his company became the industry leader in wicker furniture.
Although wicker furniture proved to be quite popular in the United States for both indoor and outdoor use, the labor-intensive process of weaving the canes into furniture limited its overall production. However, in the late 1860s, an inventor created a loom that could automatically weave and install cane seats. The tool minimized the handwork required in creating a piece of wicker furniture and greatly reduced the overall production cost. Competition increased rapidly between Wakefield and the Heywood Brothers, as the two companies each sought to produce more quality furniture at a lower price. Eventually, the two leading producers decided to merge, and their combined company completely dominated the wicker furniture industry until the 1920s.
By the 1960s and 1970s, wicker furniture experienced an increase in popularity as demands for outdoor furniture and appreciation for earlier furniture styles took hold. This renaissance of popularity has generally held into present years, and wicker furniture--in a variety of different styles using many diverse wicker materials--is now a common sight on American porches, patios, and decks. (Back to Top)
Classified by material:
Wooden garden furniture, from nature, make you feel in embrace of nature, and no pollution when discarded; but it cut down the trees, encroachment the forest, and need to be periodically treated to make it look good.
Plastic garden furniture, light and easy to move, colorful, waterproof. Need recycle when abandoned.
Stone garden furniture, from nature, but heavy and not easy to move.
Wicker garden furniture, outdoor wicker garden furniture looks very similar in construction to classic wicker furniture but rather than being woven from abaca (palm) fibers, it is made from synthetic polymer strands. These flexible and durable synthetic strands allow designers virtually limitless color choices and the freedom to design in any shape or size. The result is beautiful, durable, comfortable outdoor furniture. It has some other name such as synthetic rattan furniture, vinyl wicker furniture.
Cast Aluminium garden furniture and wrought iron patio furniture, it's solid,stable and weather resistant; But it will be problem when sometimes you want to move them.
Classified by your use of the garden furniture:
Garden dining sets - if you have a patio or garden designed for summer barbecues then a garden dinning set will work well for you. There are dining furniture made to match any design style. There are aluminum sets, mosaic sets, recycled plastic sets, steel sets, teak and wood sets, steel and wrought iron sets and PVC patio furniture sets.
Conversation garden sets - if you would rather use you garden for lounging and relaxing conversations, then a conversation set will be ideal. These garden furniture will come complete with a couch for seating and a table or end tables. Most of the conversations sets include sectional seating. A good percentage of these sectionals are made out of wicker and will seat four to ten people. Any of the sectionals sets will provide your garden furniture a great outdoor look.
Outdoor seating - if your garden has a pool that dominates most of your garden you may just be interested in outdoor seating. You will turn up a multitude of choices that include; chaise lounges, arm chairs folding furniture or daybed.
Patio tables, umbrellas and accessories - if you are looking for something simple you will be able to find an extensive range of patio cushions, tables, chairs, umbrellas and accessories online. (Back to Top)
Mobilier de jardin ;
Mobiliario de Jardín ;
Mobili da giardino ;
汉语：花园家具；Português: Mobiliário de Jardim ; Latviešu: Darza mebeles ; Slovenčina: Záhradný nábytok .