One of the most popular materials used in furniture making today is Natural Rattan. It is incredibly strong, has been utilized to make furniture for centuries, it will not splinter, and has excellent durability.
However, Natural rattan does not withstand the outdoor elements particularly well and is vulnerable to the effects of moisture, hence why in popular opinion, its better suited to the conservatory than the patio. Synthetic on the other-hand, is right at home inside and out. It is also knows to achieve the distinctive timeless look and feel of natural rattan.