Mar. 05



by Lynn Byrne

Balmain, RTW, S/S, 2013 // Love seeing the caning pattern in fashion!

If you are going to walk the walk, you need to talk the talk,”

CANING:  With respect to furniture, a method of weaving using long, narrow strips of  the peeled bark or skin of the rattan vine.  Typically used to construct seats and backs of seating furniture.  Caning originated in India.  It became widespread in the 19th century with the wholesale importation of  rattan from Malaysia.  

Do not confuse caning with wicker.

Wicker baskets

 Caning in furniture applies only to the specific craft of weaving in rattan bark with the distinct open pattern. Wicker is a method of weaving with any number of materials  such as willow or rattan reeds as well as man made paper based cords, often in a flat manner.

Process of caning

Detail of caning on chair back

Anglo-Indian Teak Plantation Chair, late 19th century, early 20th century, India


Thonet Ebonised Chaise Model #2, 1888

Marcel Breuer 1928 Cesca Chair

Pair of Caned Chairs Attributed to Maison Jansen, c.1960s

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Chair Caning

Caning on the chair back, wicker on the floor

Chic cane chair leads an artful pack of seats

First image, Balmain, RTW, S/S, 2013 from my tumblr.   Second image, my tumblr. Furniture shots from 1st dibs. Picasso. Room shot. Last 2 images here and  here.

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3 Responses to “DESIGN DICTIONARY: Caning”

  1. livingstyles says:

    Caning furniture and daily use products is traditional in esat-Asia.

  2. Sarah Sarna says:

    I love caning, especially on “French Country” furniture!

  3. Lynn says:

    Me too Sarah. One of those caned French beds with the curved footboards is on my fantasty list.

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