Find out more about what separates — and unites — these classic materials. Think you know the difference between wicker and rattan? Well, the truth is, they often are one and the same. Rattan is a plant material harvested from palm fronds to create a grassy, classic design essential. Wicker is a woven material made from natural or natural-looking fibers (often made of rattan, but not always) that you may associate with Grandma’s cottage. Either way, these two material choices can give you sophisticated tropical style all year round.