Oddly enough quality wicker baskets can be quite a challenge to find, however, the great news is that once you do find your wicker basket there are a million uses for any style or size in your space. Wicker baskets are appealing and useful in both commercial and residential environments and have a great ability to warm up any space. Traditionally wicker baskets were used for storage and transporting goods, and today there are a number of uses for a wicker basket from pure aesthetic to storage for laundry or any items within or on the exterior of your space. There are a few things to know and keep in mind while shopping for wicker baskets, which include gaining an understanding of the styles, finishes and being inspire by the usage opportunities.
Wicker baskets have quite a history that date back to the Egyptians as they used the wicker baskets as a tool to transport goods from one location to another. Wicker was a type of weaving, rather than a material and wicker items including wicker baskets, and furniture were seen as quality items that only the high class could afford to have plenty of, where the middle class could only afford the smaller wicker pieces produced in Egypt. The popularity of the objects spread from Egypt to Persia to Ancient Rome and Scandinavia where the word wick and the less popular “vikka” translate to words that we use to describe our lovely baskets. The word “wick” meaning (to bend) is easily understood in the English language and is commonly used. Where the word “vikka” meaning (willow), is more commonly used in its English translation.
Now that we have an understanding of the history of wicker, lets move on to the aesthetic. What makes wicker baskets so appealing and what qualities should you look for in wicker baskets? Well, why don’t we start with evaluating why we like our wicker baskets so much. Complementary to its historical and modern uses, we love the durability of well made, wicker basket and the quality of weaving determines the durability and longevity of the baskets. Hand made wicker baskets are best, however the material used does have some impact on this as well. The materials that are typically used to create wicker baskets include, rattan, reeds, and of course the most popular material, willow. Willow wicker baskets are popular for their warm grey and brown tones that are commonly mimicked by painted polypropylene (plastic) baskets. Polypropylene baskets can do the job both indoors and outdoors, however simply do not have the same warmth and aesthetic of a real wicker basket. The best move is to simply invest in a comparatively priced quality willow wicker basket where you will get a beautiful balance of durability and a warm aesthetic.
Now lets move on to what we can actually do with these baskets. Whether you are buying on for the aesthetic and simply want to find a home for your basket or you actually need the storage or portable qualities of the basket in your retail or residential space, there are a number of uses for a quality wicker basket. Lets start with the home. Wicker baskets come in all shapes and sizes and the number of uses are limitless however here are ten wicker basket use ideas for your home. CLICK HERE 10 Great Wicker Basket Use Ideas.