A natural, fibrous weaving material used in the production of baskets and wicker furniture. The inner pith of the rattan plant is called reed. Its grain makes its appearance similar to a wood. Reed has a certain brittle quality. It comes in various dimensions. Reed is more porous than cane, and will accept a stain, paint, lacquer or varnish.Also see bamboo, cane and caning, furniture, raffia, and rush.