Characteristics of Ragwood in Wood Interior Design

Let’s learn about the characteristics of ragwood in furniture design through the following article of Quatest.

What is a jasmine tree?

The jaggery tree, also known as the saw tree, has the scientific name of beech. Beech is widely grown in Europe. Especially many in Germany, Japan and China. In the North of China called the elm tree, distributed mainly in the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui of China. The most famous of which is the wood of Suzhou. It is not grown as much in Vietnam as  marble wood, acacia wood, satellite wood or acacia wood.

The jasmine is a large woody plant. A mature tree can grow up to 49 meters tall and have a woody diameter of up to 3 meters. With a lifespan of 150 to 200 years, some individual trees can be up to 300 years. Based on the color of the wood grain, trees can be divided into two types. One is pale yellow, the other is pink. The older the wood, the darker the pink color of the wood grain. This is a fairly hard wood, durable and strong, easy to work, carve and manipulate. However, it is not naturally resistant to pests. Vulnerable to insects or environmental factors that affect wood quality.

jay tree tree

Although not in the group of rare and precious trees, but this is the main material in folk products of the Ming – Qing dynasties. Especially prominent in the Suzhou region, there is a saying that “without rag wood, there is no furniture”. The artistic and historical value of this wood is completely comparable to that of rare hardwood items.

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How many types of rags are there in Vietnam?

In Vietnam, this tree species is divided into two types, distributed in two different locations. Include

Phu Tho jasmine:  Mainly distributed in Doan Hung district, first found in 1965. It belongs to the family Castanopsis phuthoensis, has poor regeneration ability. The average tree is 18 to 20 meters tall and 20 to 24 centimeters in diameter. The size of the tree can vary depending on the natural recovery of the forest.

In Vietnam, jaggery is divided into two types

Sapa jasmine: This is also a tree discovered in 1965. They have a medium level of regeneration. Belongs to the family Castanopsis chapaensis.

Application of rag wood

The jasmine is hard and stable, though not classified as hardwood. But it has the heaviest density of all softwoods. It is stronger than ordinary wood, high strength and wear resistance. This wood also does not have a special aroma like incense. Therefore, it is suitable as a food container.

The wood grain is clear and beautiful, shiny. Especially the old red wood, the cover wood layer is reddish brown, the core is vermilion red. Looking from a distance, it looks like a larch wood, it is called blood rag wood, the most precious and most expensive of all ragwood. Their rarity is similar to that of spokes.

The wood grain of the tree is very large and beautiful, like each mountain range. This vein is called the stupa pattern, which has a high decorative effect. Often used to produce items such as  dining tables, tables and chairs, stairs, floors. However, with furniture made of this wood, users should not leave them outdoors. Because the weather outside will greatly affect their quality.

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In addition to making furniture, scientific studies have applied rag wood to some medicines to treat some skin diseases, diseases related to veins. Because of the plant’s natural antioxidant and inflammation-reducing abilities.