Teak is valuable both for its elegance and its durability. Beyond its beauty, it also possesses some natural properties that other woods don't have.
Teak has always been a prized material. The tree that teak comes from, Tectona grandis, is native to the tropics. The wood's reputation made its way out of the region through the Dutch, who colonized Indonesia. They used the wood for shipbuilding; teak makes for an excellent ship wood due to its ability to ward off dry rot.