Looking for more of a tropical look?? Rattan is a vine that grows in the mountain regions of Southeast Asia and the Philippines where rainfall averages 80 inches annually. It grows in tangles, horizontally, like ivy, but is a solid timber, not hollow like bamboo. Rattan is pliable and easily bent and carved (with the aid of steam ovens) to form many shapes and frames, although highly flexible, it is one of the strongest timbers available. Although rattan is as strong as a wood for furniture making, it is much lighter in weight and will withstand tough, daily usage.