What is a papasan chair?
The papasan is one of the oldest known pieces of furniture made from rattan.
A favorite throughout South East Asia, it was brought back to the States by our
troops returning from the Pacific after WWII. It soon became very
popular, showing up in almost every import store in America during the 1960's especially Pier 1 stores.
The frames are still made today by rattan artisans in Indonesia. Our
cushions are made right here in the States from the finniest fabrics and filled
with 100% polyester fiber to make your chair so plush and comfortable
you will find yourself snoozing in no time.
What is a mamasan chair?
Mamasan is typically the name referring to the the oblong shaped
chair that is also called the love seat or double papasan.
What Is Rattan?
Rattan is a
type of spiny palm that grows like a vine. Originally collected from the rain
forest it has become rare in many places and now is grown on rattan plantations
in India, Southeast Asia, China and Indonesia. It is one of the fastest growing renewable resources for home furnishings. Rattan grows
as a long slender stem, similar to a vine, and can maintain an almost uniform diameter throughout its
length. It is one of nature's strongest
materials. The outer portion of the stem is extremely hard and durable, while
the inner portion of the stem is softer and somewhat porous and not hollow like
bamboo. It will not splinter or break, and is extremely resilient.
Workers remove the bark
and cut the lengths into thin strips to be used for making cane seats and chair backs.
The pithy interior is then cut into reed for use in wicker. Because rattan
is extremely strong and can be fastened as securely as wood, the entire pole is
used to make the frame of the papasan. This looks like bamboo but is much
When heated with steam or a
blowtorch, rattan becomes very pliable and can be bent into a variety of shapes
Finished rattan furniture is as
strong as steel and is nearly indestructible. It requires no particular
maintenance and is extremely durable. Having been fumigated at the factory, it
is also virtually immune against rodents and insects, unlike bamboo which deteriorates
How do I care for MyPapasan
Papasan frames require very little
maintenance. Dusting with a soft damp cloth will keep your chair looking
good. Spills should be taken care of immediately before they harden or stain, by
wiping with a damp sponge and a little detergent.
The frames of the chairs can
easily be touched up with premium wood stains, or furniture touch up pens
available from your local home improvement stores.
How do I care for
The cushion should be routinely
and flipped monthly. The cushion should be dry cleaned only.
Do you have outdoor papasan cushions for the new Pier 1 Outdoor Papasan Chair?
Yes we do, we are the only online store featuring cushions made for outdoor use.
Click Here to place an order.
Do you have rattan wrapping to fix my chair with?
Yes we also carry rattan wrapping, Click Here to place an order.
How do you refinish an old frame?
Click Here to learn how to fix your papasan frame.