Soon after rattan carpets became popular for domestic use and experienced a peak in import from Taiwan in 1976, our company built a factory in Indonesia where rattan originates from and immediately began to import them from Indonesia for use in Japanese industry.
Rattan is a general term for about 900 types of tree from the palm family that grow only in rainforest regions. Although it looks quite similar to bamboo, rattan is quite different as a carpet product. Also, rattan is often confused with wisteria because the kanji character for wisteria “Fuji” (藤) looks similar to the kanji character for rattan “Tou”(籐), and even the vine shape of rattan is similar to that of wisteria. Rattan materials are imported because no rattan grows in Japan. Rattan is lighter and softer than bamboo, and it splinters less. Today it has become a rare and expensive material because of its time-consuming harvest.
Each different kind of rattan material has different features. Rattan is light and strong and its skin has a high gloss due to its enamel proteins.
The premium Ajiro rattan carpet used in our Kagetsu “Kinkaku” is finished at our own factory in Japan with the original rattan Ajiro rolls imported directly. Kakishibu paper is made by soaking “Kakishibu”, the liquid of fermented persimmon, into the handmade Japanese paper, which is a traditional craft in Yame, and it is used because of its highly-effective deodorant and insect repellent functions.
Our Kagetsu is said to be the highest grade of rattan carpet. Our rattan processing is outstanding in both the selection for quality and the technology used in the process because it is a rare and eco-friendly perennial plant which grows only in high altitudes. Our company’s products use only the best quality materials which are carefully selected and undergo many inspections at their source especially for Kagetsu brand.
Kakishibu paper is applied to the back of the original Ajiro rattan roll sheet by sheet. After drying, it is cut to match the carpet size, and then the craftsmen finish stitching the edge manually.
The application method of Kakishibu on Japanese handmade paper has been used since the Muromachi Period (1336-1573) because it enhances waterproofness and durability.
Rattan carpet is both light and tough and becomes softer and more amber-colored with use.
Since we offer to repair the Japanese paper backing in our company, rest assured that the beauty of your carpet will last forever.
A premium product with a traditional gentle and luxurious feel.
This is a special quality line which introduces the comfortable feel of natural rattan on the skin.
The rattan carpet Kagetsu aims for the highest quality texture, feel and richness. Since we have been working in co-operation with overseas Chinese to implement the high-quality Taiwanese rattan carpet technique in Indonesia, we have continued to manufacture the best quality products at the source for over forty years.
We will continue to work to manufacture the highest-quality products making full use of Japanese technology as well as introducing the value of rattan materials to the world.
We manufacture the widest range of rattan carpets in the industry and, as a specialized manufacturer, we offer a full portfolio of products made with natural materials, such as carpets, mats, runners, cushions, Japanese-style zabuton cushions, and sheets. The rattan and igusa materials are well-suited to modern Japanese housing and our unique custom of not wearing shoes indoors.
We wish to introduce to the world unique Japanese technologies, such as the unique level of comfort and the advanced technique of our paper-backing production process.
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