Caning & Rush

Cane, rush, splint, wicker, seagrass, bamboo, rattan, rope, reed, palm and other leaves, and other plants have been used in furniture and by man since the creation of furniture. Recent inventions in caning include Kraft paper rolled into a seagrass imitation popular in Danish Modern furniture, and today plastic caning sheets. These seating surfaces provide a comfortable, well ventilated and relatively cool seating surface especially prized in tropical climates. At times more or less fashionable, it has been popular and widely used in the following furniture periods from William and Mary, through Victorian, and especially resurgent in Art Deco and Vintage Modern furniture.

There were many ways to apply and weave caning, wicker, seagrass, rush and the other plants into seating. Hand caning was used prior to the invention of sheet caning produced by machine. Twentieth century machine cane has eliminated hand caning in most furniture, with the notable exception of many high style mid-century modern furniture designers.

This gondole chair on the left has a blind-caned back. The cane is stretched from hole to hole and pegged in place until the end, when the pegs are glued and cut off. We also do reweaving of:

splint (usually 1/16″x3/4″ ash)
rush (natural or twisted natural or synthetic)
rope
wicker
rattan
bamboo
reed

Olek reweaves, repairs, and creates new woven seating surfaces from all the materials discussed above.

Caning, Rush, Splint, Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker, and Cord- Match Original

Caning should be replaced to match original, with cane width, weave, and attachment matching the way it was installed originally.
Rush, splint, bamboo, wicker, and cord should all match original materials and weaving patterns.

Caning Rush Gallery