- story by MaterialDistrict
Rattan’s structure is comparable to a bundle of tubes. The rattan palm can transport water up to 200 metres through its long capillaries. When the capillaries are injected with various bulking agents, rattan is transformed from a wood with limited use into a versatile, innovative material. Karuun is firmer, and harder, and even has a colouration.
Since the colour is not applied to the surface but actually injected through the capillaries, the material can be processed into semi-finished products such as weaving materials, veneers and boards. Surface imperfections can be sanded away and seams are nearly invisible due to the uniform nature of the fibers. A simple surface finishing and maintenance is ensured thanks to mixed additives such as natural waxes and oils into the paint.
One of the advantages of rattan is its high degree of bendability. By treating it with heat and steam, boards and rods can be easily shaped with very little force or energy.
The coloured products are not suitable for outdoor use.