Why is country of origin important?
Teak wood is indigenous to Thailand, Burma and parts of India and native to the soil there. It is not native to Indonesia and China which is where a majority of the mass produced teak furniture products in the U.S. market are from. Thai Teak is denser and has a higher natural oil content than teak from other countries. “The location and climatic conditions where the tree grows makes a drastic difference in the proportion and formation of heartwood. Teak, scientifically known as Tectna grandis L.f., is a tropical hardwood species native to southeast Asia (India, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma). This species grows in moist tropical climate having rainfall of 1500-2000 mm with a marked 3-5 months dry season. Though teak can withstand high moisture than above, the quality of wood might be poor (color, texture and density) due to fast growth rate. “ - Finto Antony, Assistant Research Scientist at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia