Materials

TEAK

is a genus of tropical hardwood tree native to the south and south-east of Asia. They are large trees, growing to 90 to 120 feet high. The name teak comes from the Malayalam word Thekku. Teak is easily worked and has natural oils that make it suitable for use in exposed locations, where it is durable even when not treated with oil or varnish. Teak cut from old trees grown slowly in natural forests (Grade A), is more durable and harder; teak from young trees grown in plantations (Grades B through D), is more prone to splitting and water damage, however kiln drying allows for sustainable, plantation-grown teak to perform nearly on par with old-growth teak. KAYU Furniture uses mostly reclaimed or salvaged teak for our furniture.

 

ROSEWOOD

refers to a number of richly hued timbers, brownish with darker veining. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, taking an excellent polish, suitable for flooring, furniture, and musical instruments. Some species become canopy trees (to 30 meters high). The Forest Stewardship Council offers certification of sustain-ably harvested rosewood products as well. KAYU Furniture uses a rosewood known as Indian rosewood or sonokeling. We often refer to it as Solobin or Saman. Other rosewoods can be found in tropical America, Southeast Asia, and Madagascar. About a dozen species of the large genus Dalbergia are recognised as rosewoods.

 

TAMARIND

timber consists of hard, dark red heartwood and softer, yellowish sapwood. Due to its density and durability, tamarind can be used in making furniture and wood flooring. Tamarind is grown virtually worldwide in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and it also produces a sweet, tart fruit that is a staple ingredient in many cuisines.