Hans J. Wegner first used paper cord on his designs back in 1949. He chose this material because it is incredibly durable and also as natural as the wood it was to be weaved around.
Ages to tan color. Fiber Rush has been used to replace bulrush or twisted cattail leaves which are the equivalent weaving material used on museum chairs. Bulrush and twisted cattail leaves are not only very difficult to weave with, but very expensive. For this reason, fiber rush and twisted seagrass as used instead.
Splint is a flat, woody material cut from the inside of the rattan palm, and used for splint basketry and weaving country style chair seats. Traditionally splint was oak, ash, or hickory; today flat reed and flat oval reed are often substituted. Our materials are very strong and uniquely free of hairs and splits.
Around the 1500's in England and in France, the seat weavers and caners were referred to as "seat bottomers" or just "bottomers" because they wove the bottoms of chair seats. During this time, most of the seats were woven out of rush or cattails rather than cane. These seat weavers were referred to as "rush matters" or "matters".
During the 1500's and later, many of the homes had dirt floors. People would throw cattails or rush on the floors to keep down dust and to sleep upon. Rushes eventually were woven into "mats" that were used to sleep upon.