What Are the Characteristics of Mahogany Wood?

Mahogany is a much sought-after wood, based on its hardness, resilience and beauty. It is commonly regarded as the world's leading wood for fine-quality furniture, cabinetry, sculpture, carving, interior trim and other applications.

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Features

The mahogany tree can reach more than 150 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter. Its bark is brown-red in color. Mahogany grows mainly in parts of Central and South America, West Africa and the West Indies.

Color

Mahogany is typically red, pink, or salmon-colored when first cut. The hues deepen as the wood matures, taking on a rich red or brown-red cast.

Grain

Mahogany has a fine to medium texture, with grain that varies from straight to wavy or curly. Irregularities in the grain are considered desirable, producing distinctive, visually appealing "figures" – the interlocking and interleaving of wood fibers.

Durability

Mahogany is a strong, robust wood. Its lasting durability makes it a popular choice for furniture.

Maintains its Integrity

The wood resists swelling, shrinking and warping over time, making it ideal for areas prone to excessive moisture or humidity.