Rush seating in Britain can be traced back to the Middle Ages.
Since then a wide range of materials, like straw, seagrass,
cords, and whole or skeined (split) willow have all been used
to make stools and chairs more comfortable.
Split cane (from a tropical climbing plant) first appeared
here in the 17th Century in exotic chairs and the
techniques were gradually refined using methods developed in
All these types of seating increased and declined in popularity
with changes in furniture tastes, and by the end of World War
II there were very few skilled craftspeople left.
In the last 25 years there has been a revival of interest in
Cane, Rush and other seating materials, and an increasing number
of people with skills to make repairs. Many chair-seating businesses
are now flourishing. Courses in all types of Chair Seating are
provided by the Basketmakers' Association.
a Chairseater using the online Business Register
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