What is Agarwood?
Agarwood trees from the genus Aquilaria spp. is native to the southeast Asian region and parts of India/South China. In Malaysia the tree is known as pokok karas. It is famed for producing a sweet earthy resin locals call gaharu or oud in the Middle East region. The resin is used in various ways i.e. in liquid form through distillation, in raw wood chips, powder and others. It is also used as a base for creating uniquely scented fragrances and is highly sought after by many established fragrance houses. Hundred of years of unabated harvesting has led to the species being categorised as endangered. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has included all Aquilaria species into Appendix II whereby trade of such species is subject to permits if harvested naturally.
Thankfully through technological research, it is now possible to obtain gaharu/oud through sustainable means. Thousands of hectares of agarwood plantations have emerged in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia in the hope that the natural agarwood trees can be preserved.
Oudmarket is a marketing partner of Asia Bridge Partners LLP, a company responsible for cultivation of agarwood trees across Malaysia and has partner farms in various south east Asian countries.