Teakwood has long been a prized material among the wealthy and powerful. Native to the tropics, the teak tree is commonly found in the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and, most commonly, Indonesia. The Dutch, who colonized the region in the 17th century, used teak wood for shipbuilding due to its superior quality.
It is said that the first furniture made out of teakwood was made from the recycled deck boards of decommissioned ships. In some cases, objects made from teak have been found intact after more than 200 years.
There are few, however, who take their teak more seriously than the people of Indonesia. The Indonesian government, since the mid 20th century, has been dedicated to managing the country’s valuable natural resource through official teak plantations. Each year, a pre-determined number of trees are cut and replaced by new ones planted in their place. This ensures an eco-friendly model of supplying.
Teak is an extremely dense grained hardwood with a beautiful rich golden color. Characteristics of teak include strength, durability, and resistance to insects, rot, and decay. It has a high natural oil content, which continually preserves the wood, hence its use in wet/dry environments.
Teak is the most exported lumber for high-end furniture in the world. Teak has a reputation for its enduring qualities in all weather conditions and low maintenance requirements. Furnishings built from teak combine functionality, beauty, and durability.
Teak weathers beautifully when untreated and left outdoors, without the risk of rot and decay. When left outdoors to age, natural elements will gradually change the color of the wood from rich golden brown to a soft, silvery grey finish. Because of its durability, teak furniture can be passed on for generations to come.