Apr29

Black Rattan Furniture

iola is the only supplier of german fibre  in black rattan garden furniture in black (carbon black) rehau. Please take a look online or visit us in store to view our exceptional rattan garden furniture. Also available:

 

Black rattan dining table

Black rattan chairs

Black rattan sofas

Black rattan sun loungers

Black rattan sets

Other colours include bronze, White (White Wash), Slate, Stone and platinum rattan furniture

Apr27

Contract rattan furniture supplier

iola has a reputation for producing the highest quality commercial rattan furniture on the market. We work with a number of designers and specifiers to create that unique outdoor space. Our rattan furniture utilises german rattan fibre from rehau and solution dyed acrylics from Sunbrella. As iola is also the manufacturer we can also supply rattan furniture in your own designs or unique colors.

If you are undertaking a coastal project we feel our use of 316  marine grade stainless steel is also real advantage. iola, the contract furniture specialists

Apr24

Sunbrella fabric on your rattan garden furniture

At iola we use Sunbrella outdoor fabrics. Sunbrella has been the market leader in performance marine fabrics for 50 years. Made in the US to exacting standards which literally hundreds of patters, plains and stripes. Why is Sunbrella a must have? Being a solution dyed acrylic, Sunbrella fabric will retain its vibrant colour in the harshest of environments. We use Sunbrella in Australia and New Zealand also. Countries which have brutally high U.V ratings. Even the climate there can not fade or rot this wonder fabric. Soft to the touch, using Sunbrella is like using the indoor fabrics we are all used to. Not only is Sunbrella fade resistant, it is highly stain resistance. I would say stain proof. Oils, grease, red wine. It can all be removed from Sunbrella.

 

As always, the use of this branded fabric is a must have on any quality furniture.

 

At iola we also use marine reticulated foam which enables 12 month outdoor performance. You do not have to take our cushions indoors, even if it rains heavily. Take a look online and find out why iola rattan furniture is the market leader.

 

 

Apr21

What is rattan furniture

Rattan garden furniture covers a broad range of materials. Essentially it is a synthetic rattan (in PE polyethylene form) which is designed for permanent outdoor and high sunlight use. The materials used included:

 

  • the rattan fibre (weaving material)
  • the alloy frame and associated welding techniques
  • powder coating
  • weavers manually create the product
  • cushions and fabrics

 

The market in the UK is fragmented. 90% of the market is flooded with cheap PVC and polyester fabric cushions using indoor foams and 1.2mm gauge alloy. It is a fact that all rattan furniture uses alloy due to it's strength and light weight. All rattan furniture is made in various parts of Asia. There are German, Italian and French vendors all claiming European this and that but no rattan garden product is manufactured in Europe because there is simply no skill base and labour costs are too high. Some of our products take 27 days to weave!

We believe a good product will use a German, branded rattan fibre. The frame should be greater than 1.5mm, that the best weavers in the world originated in Cebu. That solution dyed acrylics are the best performance fabrics and reticulated foams should be used in marine applications. Ask your vendor whether their furniture stacks up. At the low end of the market, cheap means just that. There is no such thing as a bargain in this industry. However there is some very expensive product that is lacking in what we think are quality materials.

Why is all of this so important? Because a product using poor materials will be woven hastily and poorly and one break will result in the product failing. The truth about rattan furniture is that it can be a beautiful addition to the garden, poolside or deck with longevity of a decade or more (our materials are warranted for 7/10 years by the manufacturer) however you get what you pay for to a point. In many respects Europe is fortunate to have relatively low U.V levels. In Australia and New Zealand, where our furniture originated, the mostly low spec furniture sold here would break down in 18 months. If you are a discerning buyer, please ask your vendor to support their claims relating to their outdoor furniture.

 

Apr21

Rattan bar stools

 

 

 

iola manufacturers the most sylish bar stools and bar leaners on the market. Pictured is the Azzurro Bar leaner and stool as well as the Lily bar stool in our signature german rattan fibre colour Slate and white wash. Also available in:

 

Bronze rattan

white wash rattan

carbon black rattan

stone rattan

 

Rehau of Germany are recognised as the manufacturers of the highest quality rattan fibre on the market. 

Apr21

What does 'Quality' really mean

Every vendor selling rattan furniture uses the terms quality, high quality, highest quality. In 99% of cases it is all nonsense. The raw materials within our industry have clear and undisputed leaders. For fibre the Germans have it covered. Rehau(TM) and Hularo(TM) are both considered to be exceptional products. Vibrant colours, through dyed and no PVC. If you are unsure what you are looking at ask the supplier what fibre brand they use. Rehau and Hularo are by far the best. Ecolene and Viro from Indonesia are solid middle market fibres also. Any other brands should be avoided as it's quality and material composition is unknown, is odds on contains PVC which breaks down in sunlight and is a sign of a cheap, poor product. We believe it is disingenuous to claim these sorts of products to be 'quality' and certainly not 'best quality'. Please read our other blog posts on the various cushion foams and fabrics used within our industry. iola is a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer and is an industry expert. We only sell premium rattan garden furniture and we are the leading supplier to the discerning market in the UK. Supplying Europe

Apr20

Rattan Garden Furniture Guide

Rattan garden furniture covers a broad range of materials. Essentially it is a synthetic rattan (in PE polyethelene form) which is designed for permanent outdoor and high sunlight use. The materials used included:

  • the rattan fibre (weaving material)
  • the alloy frame and associated welding techniques
  • powder coating 
  • weavers manually create the product
  • cushions and fabrics

The market in the UK is fragmented. 90% of the market is flooded with cheap PVC and polyester fabric cushions using indoor foams and 1.2mm gauge alloy. It is a fact that all rattan furniture uses alloy due to its strength and light weight. All rattan furniture is made in various parts of Asia. There are German, Italian and French vendors all claiming European this and that but no rattan garden product is manufactured in Europe because there is simply no skill base and labour costs are too high. Some of our products take 27 days to weave!

We believe a good product will use a German, branded rattan fibre. The frame should be greater than 1.5mm, that the best weavers in the world originated in Cebu. That solution dyed acrylics such as Sunbrella(TM) are the best performance fabrics and reticulated foams (quick dry foam) should be used in marine applications. Ask your vendor whether their furniture stacks up. At the low end of the market, cheap means just that. There is no such thing as a bargain in our industry. However there is some very expensive product that is lacking in what we think are quality materials.

Why is all of this so important? Because a product using poor materials will be woven hastily and  and one break will result in the product failing. The truth about rattan furniture is that it can be a beautiful addition to the garden, poolside or deck with longevity of a decade or more (our materials are warranted for 7/10 years by the manufacturer) however you get what you pay for to a point. In many respects Europe is fortunate to have relatively low U.V levels. In Australia and New Zealand, where our furniture originated, the mostly low spec furniture sold here would break down in 18 months. If you are a discerning buyer, please ask your vendor to support their claims relating to their outdoor furniture.

Is the furniture KD or knockdown? There is one reason a manufacturer makes KD furniture. To make it cheap to freight. Some furniture is fine in knockdown formats but some certainly are not. Chairs, sofas and tables should be made from a one pieces frame. The benefits are significant. Structural integrity for a start. An iola rattan dining table is constructed using three 50mm pieces of roundbar in the legs and two in the top frame. The second advantage is aesthetics. A piece of furniture in one piece requires no joins! Almost all tables on the market will hide their legs under the top because of this or worse, show an unsightly join and the gaps to go with it. The table will not be very sturdy either. Now compare an iola rattan dining table to the competition. You may think it arrogant or bold to make such a claim but we have no competition. The vendors producing rattan garden furniture like ours is at least twice the price. We do not think anyone is producing a better rattan furniture product that us. In New Zealand our reputation sales fully supports this claim.

Is the furniture expensive? This is a relative term. If you are shopping for a cheap rattan set, fine. Just accept its shortcomings and or pick an attribute mentioned about which is of particular importance to you. After all there is some very bad product out there that doesn't deserve the price tag. There is also some good product on the market which is very expensive. What we can say about iola rattan furniture is that it is high end quality. Truly exceptional in every respect yet we manage to offer an affordable, middle market price point. 

We encourage all customers to research their purchase carefully and make an informed decision. We try very hard to remain objective and sure, we want to sell our product but realise it is not for everyone. If you would like some free advice on any rattan garden product we would be happy to give you our opinion. The management and staff at iola have more experience with rattan furniture products than anyone else in the UK, that we are certain of. We manufacture the product in our own facilities and have done so for years. We know our onions!
Apr20

High Quality White Rattan Furniture

iola offers all its range in white wash rattan fibre from Rehau of Germany. You will note the light and dark tones making this a striking blend of colour. White rattan furniture is very rare due to the fact nearly all other vendors use a completely snow white rattan which looks very artificial. Our rattan is from a manufacturer who have a reputation of producing the best quality rattan weaving materials in the world. Through dyed, tactile and with a long like guarantee. iola furniture in white would look fantastic in your conservatory, poolside or just in your garden. All our cushions use quick dry marine foam for permanent outdoor use 12 months of the year.

Apr16

Modular rattan Furniture

iola Modular rattan furniture is not your ordinary rattan sofa. If you read our quality guide you will get to know that all our garden furniture is over engineering. We use heavier gauge commercial frames(1.6mm) coupled with additional bracing. We also use marine grade stainless steel (316 grade) on our Modular feet which is very rare. iola is one of two rattan furniture manufacturers globally to use this material. Of course our cushions are also made from the leading fabric brands and cushion foam available. We believe marine reticulated foam is the best solution for outdoor furniture.

Apr15

Show us your outdoor furniture

This is a photograph sent to us by a customer. It illustrates perfectly how iola Modular rattan sofa settings can enhance your outside space. Pictured in Taupe Sunbrella and quick dry foam(TM) cushions. The rattan fibre is Bronze. Shame it isn't sunny enough to show off the copper/bronze tones. Rehau rattan fibre truly is a fantastic product. This colour was specifically made for iola and comes from their stressflex range. The scatter cushions are from the 'Unique' italian collection-all 100% marine stabilisied.

This setting is one of a wide range of collections. if you spend time outdoors and want to bring the indoor comforts with you, you can trust iola to supply not only durable and high quality outdoor products but also asthetically beautiful.

 

 

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