The Nature of Teak
The highly sought after teak tree is native to Myanmar, India, Thailand and Indonesia. It is known for its richly dark gold wood and incredible durability when exposed to the elements. The wood is, by nature, resistant to moisture, rot, decay, warping, and cracking. Because of these properties, teak is widely prized in the marine and boating industry for both its look and its performance in its role as the top choice for deck wood. Outdoors, teak is used for many projects beyond boat decks, such as benches and other outdoor and garden furniture. Additionally, indoors it is used for flooring, window frames, furniture and more. The signature color, decorative grain, and over all strength make it a wood in high demand.
As amazing as teak is, its superior performance has lead to some unfortunate results. While the tree can still be found growing on plantations in its native area, natural teak forest are sparse and scarce due to unsustainable logging practices and slash-and-burn agriculture. Two teak species, Tectona Hamiltoniana and Tectona Philippineasis, are officially classified as endangered. Many parts of the world now heavily regulate the harvesting of teak to protect its natural survival. Organizations such as the Royal Thai Forestry Department and the Rainforest Alliance work to ensure teak wood is farmed sustainably and legally.
As for VivaTerra’s complete collection of teak wood furniture and décor, many of our products are created from reclaimed or recycled teakwood. This allows our collection to boast all of the benefits of teak wood, such as its gorgeous color, moisture resistance, and durability, while also eliminating any impact on the depletion of teak forest. Perfect for use in any space in your home, teak is unaffected by moisture in the bathroom, elegant enough to grace your dining table, sturdy enough to hold up in the kitchen, and is just the right natural accent for a living or bedroom. We can’t say enough good things about this super dependable wood or list all the reasons you’ll love having it in your home.