Teak wood 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 teak furniture was made from the recycled deck boards of decommissioned ships. In some cases, objects made from teak have been found intact after more than 2000 years.
There are few, however, who take their teak more seriously than those in Indonesia. The 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.
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 high natural oil content, which continually preserves the wood, hence its use in wet/dry applications.
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. - Courtesy ARB Teak & Specialties