History Of Teak Furniture

 

Beautiful teak furniture has become extremely popular due to its sturdy construction and craftsmanship and the aesthetic appeal that it provides to any setting.

Great Danish designers such as Jalk, Wegner and other would favour teak over many types of wood.  These designers understood the quality and durability teak could offer and these artists knew that their work would endure and withstand many years. They also favoured the bold look of the wood, which makes it suitable for many different situations and environments.

Ancient Burmese and Thai royalty considered teak to be a royal tree.  It has been the pillar of shipbuilding and marine boat industry for centuries as well as flooring, Venetian blinds, cabinets, panels and of course furniture.

Teak is extremely dense-grained and resistant to warping, shrinkage and swelling. It also has a unique ability to prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal.  Its high natural oil content acts as a natural preservation to the wood.  Teak wood due to its attractive appearance and hardwearing characteristics along with a rich appearance make this a solid choice in the manufacture of outdoor and indoor furniture.

The Dutch established teak plantations in 1816 and these are now administered by the government in Indonesia.  It is also grown though out Central America, parts of South America and Asia.  Teak wood is used worldwide for the use of flooring and high quality furniture.

Teak wood is a typically golden to brown colour and can sometimes have a slight reddish hint. Left alone in outdoor environments it will turn a silvery grey colour without finishing.  Primarily teak has been used for outdoor furniture such as benches, folding tables, deck chairs and loungers and has long been the best choice for garden furniture.  However recent trends have seen indoor teak furniture become popular; especially ranges made from reclaimed teak that has been salvaged from boats and old colonial homes.

Reclaimed teak wood is particularly beautiful. Its rich grain patterns, intriguing character marks and deep colours make this the only wood choice in many modern homes.

Because reclaimed teak wood is from old-growth trees, it tends to have fewer pitch pockets, sapwood and other natural defects. The wood looks great when left natural, stained, oiled or varnished. Most reclaimed teak has been air-drying for decades, which is another great benefit and this means the wood is less likely to bend, warp or twist.

Old growth wood is characterized by a higher ring count per inch than new second-growth wood, making it stronger and more durable. This makes it particularly suitable for furniture manufacturers. Reclaimed teak furniture is an ideal choice in houses with pets and small children as the furniture can easily withstand every day wear and tear, without detracting from its natural beauty. Durability and timeless design make teak furniture one of the best furniture investments you can make for your home.

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