The term wicker is mostly used to describe a traditional kind of woven laundry basket, commonly known as ‘Ali Baba’ style, but it can cover a multitude of different options.
Woven rattan is, perhaps, the most common form but there are also baskets made from seagrass, water hyacinth and even palm leaves that can all come under this broad heading.
You’re not restricted by colour either, as there are all kinds of different shades plus different techniques to create some very appealing patterns. Here are few examples of the different styles available.
Water Hyacinth Laundry Hampers – these woven hampers come in a range of sizes and two colour shades. Priced from £55 – £69 at johnlewis.com
Rattan Laundry Basket – a large, traditional style basket and lid with a rope handle. Made from woven rattan. W40 × D40 × H68 cm. £129.95 from notonthehighstreet.com
Hearts Wicker Round Laundry Basket – a white woven wicker basket with a canvas lid. Available with a grey, red, beige or pink gingham trim. W46 × D46 × H58 cm. (available from amazon.co.uk)
Rattan Laundry Bin, White – large round rattan basket with lid and liner. W45 × D45 × H61 cm. £85 from johnlewis.com
Water Hyacinth Double Laundry Hamper – large rectangular basket with twin compartments. Made from woven water hyacinth. W60 × D40 × H42 cm. £75 from johnlewis.com
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