Have you ever been to one of those garden parties where no one was really talking and everyone felt really awkward? Well, next time you’re hosting one of those events, you can just turn to your wicker garden furniture and start up a conversation using some of these interesting facts about wicker that your guests may not have known.
First Long Flight
How comfortable is wicker garden furniture? Well, it must be pretty comfortable because Charles Lindbergh had a seat made of wicker used as the pilot’s seat in his plane during his transatlantic flight back in 1927. While comfort may not have been as important as the lightweight material, Lindbergh probably enjoyed his flight a lot more thanks to the wicker than he would have with a less superior material.
Don’t think your wicker garden furniture is going to last? Well, don’t tell that to the ancient Egyptians. Some of the wicker furnishings they created are still in existence. King Tut, for example, was buried with some lovely stools made from wicker which were still in great shape when they were excavated. In fact, the oldest piece of wicker furniture dates back to the reign of Cleopatra in Egypt. That’s a long time.
Popular Throughout Time
During the mid-19th century, the Victorians started really making wicker garden furniture popular. They were adding it everywhere, even to their homes. What drove their love of wicker? Well, it wasn’t just an appreciation for the beauty of the material. They also believed the wicker was much more hygienic than any type of upholstery. There may even be some truth to that since wicker is much easier to clean than microfibre. And you can use hot water if necessary to clean the surface of the wicker furniture.