Here is what Charlotte from Notting Hill, London said about her new Ramato collection which was delivered yesterday-our response is no you don't have to take iola cushions indoors. They are designed for permanent outdoor use because we use marine reticulated foam as standard.
quote 'we are very pleased. It is a very good quality piece of furniture. I did want to check with you what I should do about protecting it from the rain though. I brought the cusions in when it was raining yesterday, but wasn't sure if I always had to do that'
Our comment: iola uses reticulated marine foam so you do not have to take your cushions indoors in any weather. In NZ there are only three vendors using this material
What is Textilene? The fabric is a man made polyester with a PVC coating. Like all industries there is good and bad Textilene. For those choosing to buy Textilene, consider the following:
1. Textilene, is a brand of Twitchell Corp in the United States. They make a quality fabric. Ask your vendor what brand of Textilene they use. Odds are it's a no brand asian variant. When we say NZ U.V is brutal we can almost guarantee anything untested in our climate will break down/rot very quickly (see point 3!).
2. Specialist cleaning products are required because the fabric mesh is prone to catching debris and normal cleaners leave an unsightly residue.
3. Oddly many Auckland vendors are offering a mere 12 month warranty on sofas made from this material. 1 year on a 10k sofa?
Our personal opinion is that unless the materials are branded do not touch them. We talk about rattan fibre quality a lot on this site. Buy a brand and more importantly if you are spending 10K on outdoor furniture then make sure you thoroughly research what you are buying.
We have spoken at length about quality on the site. The fact that there are 3 or 4 other brands, global brands that we would consider our real competitors (in quality). We have also spoken about our purchasing proposition and how we can support the fact we offer a product that is rather unique at the premium end.
Fact, iola rattan furniture is as good as any top end European brand and in most cases actually superior. We are rattan specialists and we are the only NZ business involved actively in the manufacture of our furniture. We compete with Dedon, Cane Line and Gloster and are happy to say that we sell more premium woven furniture than any of them. We have recently won a number of significant hotel projects which we are certain makes us the leading commercial supplier of woven furniture in N.Z
It is not a mistake that we fail to mention some 'brands' as being competitors despite their prices being higher than ours. They use low spec materials and do not offer a quality product. We have no wish to name them because if you are an active reader of our blogs and site generally you will know what to ask to determine quality.
Todays blog post also wanted to address weaving technique. The major European brands use a 1 x 1 technique. It is proper, robust weaving. Almost all other brands do not use this technique. They employ a 2 X 1 weaving which means less material, loose weaving and the only reason they do this is to save on materials.
Look at our weaving, press hard on the surface and it will not move like other woven furniture. There are no gaps. Water struggles to penetrate through out weaving.
Wicker furniture covers a very large range of products from rattan to cane to water Hyacinth. In fact any woven furniture is considered wicker.
Wicker in the art if wicking or weaving. The real deciding factor is whether you are looking for all weather outdoor wicker furniture or indoor wicker. iola wicker can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications because it is made from the most robust german weaving material that is proven 5X more durable than o
ther synthetic materials. Wheras a natural cane, hyacinth or rattan(albeit a rare material today) is not suited for outdoor applications because the weaving material will rot when exposed to UV or wet conditions.
iola premium wicker furniture doesn't just stop there. We also specify commercial grade frames and utilise special marine foam in our cushions which are covered by Sunbrellas as standard across the range. This fabric has been the global leader for 50 years. Of course we can use any other quality fabric from Mokum, James Dunlop, Warwick or Unique.
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If you are looking for quality wicker, rattan or cane outdoor furniture in Auckland, New Zealand, iola is a must see. Our specification is the highest in the industry evidenced by our branded German fibre which is considered the finest globally, marine reticulated foam and sunbrella cushions. iola is a rattan furniture specialist based in Auckland and the facts are we offer the most compelling purchasing proposition in the country. Any other vendor selling a product even close to our quality is double the price., Shop around but make sure you see us. And always do your research after reading our quality guide. Ask other vendors whether they can match our bill of materials.