Origins Of Teak
Teak originates from the monsoon forests in the region of Laos, Myanmar (former Burma) and Thailand. It was only a few centuries ago, when the qualities of teak were recognized that planting began in Africa, South America and other South-East Asian counties. Burmese teak is the common term for teak grown in its original natural habitat and has superior qualities as compared to its cousins from other regions.
Age of harvest: Somewhere between 60 to 120 years old.
Mature teak has much higher oil content, improving its durability.
High competition in natural habitat results in narrow annual rings distance. This slower growth rate results in higher density and more durable wood.
Golden brown, fine silky texture with straight to slightly wavy grain.
Age of harvest: between 20 to 30 years, up to 60 years old.
Young teak has lower natural oil content.
Plantation environment results in wider annual rings with lower density wood.
Less uniform colour and coarser texture.