With their distinctively familiar profile, carry with them an air of antiquity even though these are newly handcrafted by talented artisans. In classic basket weave patterns, they each reflect a centuries-old history that will bring character to any room. Tall, extra-large or short-bodied, they are decorative on their own, but they can also support longer floral stems, plumed grasses and dried ornamental twigs. Jugs have been around in some form or fashion since the earliest of times. Many were crafted from clay or glass, and their owners soon discovered that their contents would remain cooler if these bottles had a wrap. Vines and grasses probably comprised those first permanent encasements. Rattan was another natural choice, and it retains its beautiful and sturdy structuring today without the inner container. Wide banding and tighter weaves showcase the natural variegations that are uniquely provided by nature to create wicker jugs that will last well into the future.
With narrow necks, small round openings and larger bodies, wicker jugs are featured in single-handled and double-handled styles. Also known as eared jugs, double handles once allowed for transport while single handles aided in easier pouring. Today, these vintner and winery styles can be mixed and matched to create the perfect display.
While well suited for a rustic country setting, wicker jugs are welcome in almost any space. They can be placed in front of a summer hearth to give it some decoration and then be moved to the side for winter. In dining areas, they can flank a buffet, and at an entry, one or two can be an impressive, welcoming accessory. In living areas and sunrooms, they can complement other wicker furnishings, but they are just as appealing when blended with wood accessories. There are always places where wicker jugs will be inviting accents.