Wrought Iron Chairs - Tuscany Cafe - Italy

Wrought Chair in Italy

Beautiful wrought iron work was just one of the amazing things we saw walking through the historic district in Savannah, Georgia, last year.

It has such fine craftsmanship that it can look like lace lining a window or like vines of flowers and fruit curling to form a garden gate.

Used everywhere, it gives Savannah an old-world charm and timeless appeal.

It helps make it one of the loveliest places to visit.

An Ancient Art

Wrought Iron Furniture - French 1890's Vintage Patio Chair

French 1890’s Patio Chair

As we explored, we’d look through elaborate gates into gardens. There we’d see patio furniture,  made of wrought iron. They’d be back amidst lovely flowers and shaded by large trees.

All I could think was, “I wish my backyard looked like that!”

Well, my backyard will never look like that. For one thing, magnolia trees don’t grow this far north. And my garden gate’s made of wood.

But it did get me thinking about wrought iron in general. And wrought patio furniture in particular.

It turns out that people have been using it since ancient Rome. The word “wrought” is an archaic form of the verb “to work.” So “wrought iron” means “worked iron.” The Eiffel Tower is made of wrought iron. So are swords, nails, rails and much more.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

But back to the patio!

Wrought Iron Furniture - Dorothy Draper 1940s Style Patio Set

Dorothy Draper 1940’s Chair

Obviously, wrought iron’s heavier than its wooden and plastic cousins. But if it’s properly cared for, it can last and look beautiful for years.

Some of the patio furniture here dates back over 100 years. Other patio sets are mere upstarts at 50 years old. The white chair’s in Dorothy Draper style. (Some say she created the interior design industry.)

The most interesting part, I think, is how patterns change with the times.

Wrought Iron Care

Modern wrought iron furniture has a protective coating. Even so, you’ll need to do some routine care to prevent rust.

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