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Wicker East
03-11-2012, 10:16 AM
Established in 1974 , Wicker East is a family owned and operated furniture store. We feature one of the finest selections of Rattan and Wicker furniture in Central PA and surrounding states.

Come in and browse our furniture show rooms where you will find a full range of furniture groups. Look through the pages of our site to see some of the choices we offer. From home furnishings to office furniture and a full line of accessories our selections will delight you.

Wicker East is a family owned and operated business specializing exclusively in wicker and rattan furniture. We were first established in 1974 in Harrisburg, PA. In 2003 Wicker East moved to nearby Mechanicsburg, PA and continues to operate under original management. Our current 25,000 square foot facility features a showroom which is among the largest in our industry. For over 35 years we have proudly offered the highest level of customer service and satisfaction, while providing quality merchandise at everyday low prices. Visit our permanent showroom located at 4800 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

About Wicker and Rattan

The earliest piece of wicker that has been found was in Egypt and dated back to 1400 B.C. Rattan has been used for centuries for forming many tools for fishing, planting, harvesting and construction of homes and furniture. In the late 1800’s when rattan and wicker became more readily available, the popularity of wicker and rattan became more apparent.

Rattan is a member of the palm family (or the Genus Clamu). Rattan grows in a long slender stem, which maintains an almost uniform diameter throughout its length. It grows in a manner similar to a vine, but has an inner core and is not hollow like bamboo. The shade in the rain forests is very dense and climbing on tree limbs is the most practical way for the vines to reach the light above the forest canopy. The outer portion of the stem is extremely hard and durable, while the inner portion of the stem is softer and somewhat porous.

There is no harvesting season for rattan, it grows year round. Harvesting can be difficult due to the landscape and inaccessibility of the jungle. The diameter and length of the rattan according to the specie of rattan and can be as long as 600 feet, however they are cut into 12 - 15 lengths and tied into large bundles to make the journey from jungle to processing area.

The stems and the outer protective layer of the rattan are then removed by hand. The poles are fumigated and then left on end “teepee” style to dry. The poles are then extruded through a machine to produce wicker to be used for weaving into the frame. The large poles are used for the construction of the frame.

What maintenance is required?

Rattan and wicker frames require very little maintenance. Rattan pole frames will need only light dusting or a damp cloth may be used. The same steps are true of wicker frames and in addition an occasional vacuuming with a brush attachment will free dust from the weave. Rattan poles can easily be touched up with premium wood stains, gloss lacquers or furniture touch up pens available from local home improvement centers.

4800 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
www.wickereast.com (http://www.wickereast.com)

4800 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17050