Split cane or ratan is imported from Malaya and Indonesia in six widths, covering the most delicate work up to the broad edging of some large chairs. The cane is woven in long lengths through holes in the sides of the chair. Modern furniture typically uses prewoven sheet cane secured into grooves. These modern chairs can also be reseated, but the sheet material can not be used on the older chairs which have to be hand woven.
It is not normally possible to repair cane or rush seats; once there is a break it is a sure sign that the material is brittle and must be completely replaced. New cane does not match the old, even if a repair could be made.
Cane is a light colour when first used and darkens naturally with age. Staining is not very successful due to the hardness of the cane resisting the dye and the impossibility of staining the overlaps.
Cane was first used in English furniture in the latter part of the 17th century and we have restored many pieces of furniture dating back to that time. Our work has ranged from the handles of silver tea pots to the seat of a French settee over six feet in length. We have expertly restored chair backs with centre medallions, rising sun (also known as sun burst), double sided arms, if it is a cane chair then We have done it. Expertly woven cane is uniform and tight.