Teak Overview

Teak Overview:

Teak is one of the most recognized hardwoods in the world, known for its use in construction due to its durability and water resistance. It has a high oil and rubber content that helps it have outstanding resistance to decay and rot and a low shrinkage ratio. Worldwide, Teak is one of the most expensive and sought after woods. Used both in indoor and outdoor furniture. All wood is affected by weather and sunlight, but Teak is considered one of the most naturally resilient types of wood and is often recommended for exterior use without requiring a finish.

Origins:

Tropics: Africa, Asia, Latin America:

Indonesia is largest exporter of Teak

Tree: Grows to 100-130 ft in height with a 3-5ft trunk: 

History:

Since the 7th century, teak has been used to outfit and adorn the residences of the wealthy and powerful. The wood's reputation made its way out of Asia through the Dutch, who colonized Indonesia and began the original Indonesian teak plantations in the 1800’s.

 Current (Renewable Teak)

Indonesian government is dedicated to managing teak production. A government appointed company (PT Perhutani), maintains the official teak plantations on Java. Within these plantations only a predetermined number of trees can be felled each year. Each tree is replaced with a new one that's planted on the plantation. Indonesia is the largest exporter of teak in the world

 Current (Reclaimed Teak)

Island timber reclaimed teak comes exclusively through salvaging the premium old wood teak from ancient Javanese (Indonesian) homes and buildings. Similar to historically built buildings in the us, only the highest quality old growth teak was used, and today this reclaimed teak is uniquely dry and stable, having naturally aged over decades of use. Ancient Indonesian homes used teak throughout the home, both as interior and exterior walls. The result is the reclaimed panels reflect a remarkably diverse range of hues and colors. 

  • Natural Hue and Coloration: Reclaimed teak has a diverse coloration reflective of the decades of application in different environments. From light golden hues to weathered earthy greys and even smoky, dark surfaces.
  • Painted Colors. Much of the teak in Indonesian homes is painted in various bright colors. In tiles incorporating painted wood, the original painted surface has been scrubbed to clean the original painted finish, capturing the both the color and unique wood texture.

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