We travelled over 5,000 miles to reclaim this antique Colonial Burmese Teak, extracting it from 19th century South East Asia colonial homes. Teak is known for its beautiful, tight grain and ages gracefully to a regal silver.
Native to the tropics, teak is valued for both its beauty and durability. It naturally resists decay, insects, rot and is aptly nicknamed ‘the king of the hardwoods’ due to its extreme stability. Unlike North American timbers that utilised waterways for transportation, teak was transported by land using elephants. Due to its stability, teak has been used as a boat-building material for centuries, utilised as decking on vessels across the world. Teak has a relatively low shrinkage ratio, making it excellent for applications where it undergoes changes in moisture.
To preserve remaining forests, new teak has become a controlled timber. As a result of it no longer being freely available, it’s become increasingly harder to obtain, making it one of the rarest species of wood in the world. Unlike new teak, which is endangered, the reclaimed teak in our Rare Finds collection is entirely sustainable.
Our craftspeople worked hard in reclaiming these beautiful floorboards, transforming them into engineered boards of random widths and lengths. The restoration process is extremely laborious, with each step meticulously planned to ensure that this teak, with its alluring tones and beautiful grain is never dishonoured.
Our Colonial Burmese Teak is finished with a burnished hardwax oil, a durable, natural finish that beautifully enhances its rich tones.