The Ultimate Wicker Quiz

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The Ultimate Wicker Quiz
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About This Quiz

Wicker has been evolving since the time of the Egyptian pyramids. Modern day wicker is manufactured from natural and synthetic materials. You may be surprised at the modern use of wicker for eco-friendly coffins. Take this quiz to see how wicker has changed.
When was wicker launched as a widescale industry in the US?
1820s
1840s
Cyrus Wakefield launched a widescale wicker business during the 1840s.
1900s

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What type of rocking chair did President John F. Kennedy have while in the White House?
bentwood
wicker
During his time in the White House, JFK had a cherished wicker rocking chair.
maple

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From 1865 to 1880, where was most of the wicker furniture used?
indoors
Most of the furniture was used indoors, but wicker was slowly being taken outside the house.
outdoors
formal rooms

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What baby item was manufactured in wicker?
baby carriages
During the mid to late 1800s,wicker baby carriages were a specialty item.
high chairs
bassinets

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What is wicker?
woven furniture
Wicker is any piece of woven furniture.
plant material
wood material

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What is the most common material used in wicker?
stems
reeds
Reeds are one of the most common materials used. Reeds must be soaked in warm water before bending.
leaves

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Why are wicker chairs more comfortable than wood?
Wicker has give.
Wicker has give, so you feel as though you are settling into the seat.
Wicker is soft.
Wicker is cushy.

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How can you match wicker to your décor?
Wicker may be painted.
Wicker may be color matched to any décor.
Wicker has modern style.
Wicker has formal style.

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How do you clean natural wicker?
Dust it.
Clean it with Murphy Oil Soap and water
both answers
Dust first and then clean with Murphy Oil Soap diluted with water.

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Wicker made of resin or vinyl goes by what name?
synthetic
man-made
both answers
Synthetic or man-made wicker is made from resin or vinyl.

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What is an advantage of synthetic wicker?
outdoor use
Synthetic or man-made wicker is manufactured to withstand the elements and may be used as outdoor furniture.
authentic
more beautiful

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How can you make man-made wicker more comfortable and warmer?
seat cushions
Seat cushions are made especially for outdoor use.
sealants
special weaves

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What makes fabric suitable for outdoor use?
outdoor décor
water- and fade-resistant
Outdoor fabric should may be water-resistant, fade-resistant and easy to clean.
hard to clean

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How do you clean synthetic wicker?
spray with water
For regular cleaning just hose off with water. If the wicker has lots of grime, mild soap and water may be needed.
bleach cleansers
harsh chemicals

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What style of wicker is most popular now?
Victorian
traditional
transitional
Transitional style wicker is the current trend.

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When purchasing antique wicker, how can you date an item?
Manufacturer's labels can indicate specific times.
Certain companies manufactured wicker during specific years so check for manufacturing labels.
Lightweight wicker indicates older pieces.
Ask the dealer for the age of the piece.

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What is rattan?
banana stem
stem of trunk of a climbing palm
Rattan is the stem or trunk of a climbing palm. The inner bark of rattan is reed.
sea grass

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How is natural wicker made to be covered-porch friendly?
moisture- and weather-resistant coatings
Some companies are offering special coatings to make natural wicker more resistant to moisture and weather.
better materials
better weavings

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How can you take wicker "with you"?
wicker coffins
Natural wicker is now used for coffins. Natural wicker is an eco-friendly way to go.
wicker clothing
wicker shoes

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What are eco-friendly burial containers made from?
woven willow
sea grass or bamboo
both answers
Woven willow, sea grass or bamboo are all being used to build coffins.

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