Indonesia has many types of rattan. However, not all types of rattan can be made as furniture. There are around 312 species of rattan plants grow in Indonesia. It can be seen from a various genus that owned by Indonesia. From 13 genus of rattan plants in all over the world, Indonesia has 8 genus of rattan plants. Is not it sound great, is it? So, no one can not doubt that Indonesia is the biggest rattan exporters in the world.
Types of rattan that can be made as furniture are types of rattan produced by processing certain rattan plants, so it can be a good material for making any household furniture. The best types of Indonesian rattan that use as material for furniture can be seen from its quality of strength, flexibility, size, and age, etc.
Then, what are the best types of Indonesian rattan that usually use for furniture? The followings are the explanation:
Manau Rattan
Manau rattan which has a Latin name called Calamus manan grows in Sulawesi and Kalimantan. It has 2-5 cm diameter with a long and nonporous thorny stem. It has a yellow complexion color. The length of the old stem can be 40 meters or more. This type of rattan popular with its best quality of strength and flexibility. Many rattan manufacturers use Manau rattan to made furniture.
Kubu Rattan
Kubu rattan which has a Latin name called Freycinetia javanica grows in Semenanjung Malaya, Sumatra, Belitung, and Kalimantan. It has 1,5-3 cm in diameter. It has a chocolate-cinnamon color. The length of the old plants can be 50-60 meters or more. This type of rattan usually uses as ropes to be made into rattan wovens, baskets, and many more because it is strong, durable, and not easily broken.
Batang Rattan
Batang Rattan which has a Latin name called Daemonorops robustus Warb grows only in Sulawesi. It has 2,5-6 cm diameter with 25-60 cm internode length. It has a dark green color, but after it dried, it has grey color. Most of the rattan manufacturers use this type of rattan as furniture frame because its strength to hold any loads.