The most common materials used for chair seating are rush and cane. Evidence unearthed in Ur in Southern Iraq shows that rush has been used since the 4th millennium BC. Cane seated chairs are a more recent development, appearing in England during the late 17th century.

Rushes grow worldwide, the English freshwater rush Schoenoplectus lacustis, is used for chair seating in the UK. Cane, also used in the arms and back panels of some chairs, is processed from the rattan palm, a climbing vine that grows in the rain forests of SE Asia, in particular Indonesia. Over 80% of the world’s cane is exported from Indonesia.

Other types of seating material include seagrass, straw, whole or skeined willow, paper cord (Danish cord), and synthetics.

Chair seating in the UK primarily involves the restoration and reseating of existing chairs. However, there are new practitioners of the craft, using original techniques and newer materials who are creating exciting contemporary chairs

Please go to MAKERS to search for a chair seater.

A wide range of chair seating methods is illustrated in the GALLERY.