Monday, May 18, 2015

Crazy for Cane: Loving this British Colonial Pattern....

It is a pattern that has been around for thousands of years: the cane weave print.  I recently purchased a cute navy cane-weave print lamp shade from Home Goods that I placed in our master bedroom, and it got me thinking more about this pattern....

I also have a cute flat weave cane pattern rug from Garnet Hill that was very reasonable (and versatile) fitting into our new home as well...Sadly, it is no longer available, but I wish they would bring it back!

Canecroft Flat-Weave Rug, Garnet Hill 

Cane Patterned Rug in our guest bedroom, previous home...

Cane Patterned Rug in our master bathroom, current home...

From, "Caned furniture is classic in a British Colonial interior. Lightweight and airy, it seems at home in a palm house or on a veranda. But while cane was especially popular during the Victorian height of the British Empire, it is one of the most ancient techniques of furniture manufacture, used by Tibetan warriors, Peruvian princesses, and Egyptian pharaohs, for thousands of years."  (more on its history provided below)

Lately, I have been admiring the incorporation of the classic cane weave print into contemporary designs.  Its hypnotic, graphic quality works well in both large and small-scale prints.  Seemingly, a close cousin to the Greek Key pattern, (link to my prior post is here...Giddy for Greek Key), it is visually stimulating and interestingly, lends both a traditional and modern vibe (depending on its application)....

Some fun cane weave inspired design pieces are provided below.  Note, some are true cane weave patterns, while others are more of a bamboo design, but they are closely related....Enjoy!

Cane Rug Pillow Cover, Williams-Sonoma

Cane Rug Pillow Cover, Williams-Sonoma

Cane Embroidery Bedding, Williams-Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Garden Stool

Jonathan Adler Southampton Pillow
Jonathan Adler Southampton Rug

1960s Gilt Glass Old Fashion OKL

1960s Gilt Glass Tumbler OKL

Brighton Nutmeg Chair, Zinc Door

Calypso Rug, OKL

Cane Printed Throw Pillow, Overstock
Cane Printed Throw, Overstock

Cane Throw Blanket, Cococozy

Decatur Coffee Table, OKL

Ficks Reed Green Flamingo Dining Table 

Ficks Reed Schumacher Chairs OKL

Frontgate Cane Bath Mat

Frontgate Cane Towels

Ficks Reed Trellis Schumacher Chairs OKL 

French Neoclassical Armchairs Cane, OKL

Horchow Garden Stool 

House Beautiful, Green Retro Wallpaper

Oomph Southport Side Table, Zinc Door

Natural and Navy Cane Pillow, Pulp Home

Regeant Kiwi Armchair, Zinc Door

Regeant Octagonal Nutmeg Mirror, Zinc Door

Havana Pillow, Serena and Lily

Geometric Shade, Sweet Dream Shades @ Etsy

Trellis Lamp Shade, SassyShades @ Etsy

Haymarket Designs

Haymarket Designs, Lucite Trays
 (more of a Greek Key print, but wanted to share!)

Haymarket Designs
(more of a bamboo print, but wanted to share!)

Haymarket Designs Beach Towel

Kate Spade Ferry Tote

(history continued from above, from

"Cane is the term for the material that comes from the outer skin of the rattan stalk. Rattan is a climbing vine-like plant in the palm family. Native to Asia and Africa, it is most commonly found in Indonesia. Rattan grows in strong, solid stalks...that can extend hundreds of feet as it climbs toward the sunlight in dense tropical forests. it is harvested without harming trees, and there are currently efforts underway to ensure the sustainability of rattan harvesting. Since cane is the skin of the rattan plant, it is durable, somewhat flexible, glossy, and non-porous.

Cane strips have been used in weaving objects since ancient times, originating as basket material and evolving into furniture.  Caned furniture first appeared in Holland, England, and France around the 1660s, thanks to bustling trade with Asia. Caning was typically used for the seats and backs of wooden chairs.  Caned chairs were not only hygienic and airy, but also lighter weight than solid wood, and less formal that the typical seats heavily upholstered with silk or tapestry.

In the 19th Century, caned furniture became associated mainly with Dutch and English colonial furniture, because these countries had colonies in places like Indonesia and India where rattan was easily accessed and where the technique may had a long history. This colonial aesthetic spread across the globe to other European colonies as well; caned furniture made sense in tropical climates because, unlike solid woods, it would not warp or crack from heat or humidity.  

Caning became the typical seat material of the cafe chair in the mid-19th century thanks to Thonet, whose No. 14 chair from 1859 revolutionized the furniture industry. The simple caned seat contributed to the chair's extraordinary lightness, which meant that it was less expensive to produce and transport.  Twentieth century designers like Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier also admired the chair for its sense of hygiene, and how it contrasted with the heavy old-fashioned upholstery that was in style at the turn of the century.  The caned Thonet chairs he placed in his radical interiors were, like the caned chairs of the 17th century, a healthful and modern alternative."

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