Rosewood, Indian

Also known as: Bombay Rosewood, Bombay Blackwood, Sonokeling*

Botanical Name: Dalbergia latifolia

Origin: India and Indonesia

Description: Only available as veneer, true Indian Rosewood is valued for its very fine appearance. Felling is controlled under the Indian Forest Act and replanting is usual. Since the export of round logs and even sawn timber is banned, plantation grown material from Indonesia, known as Sonokeling, is used where the solid is required. Background colour varies from straw-brown through reddish to a dark purple brown with still darker lines marking the seasonal growth zones. The logs are both flat cut and fully quartered and the veneer is used on architectural interiors and for fine furniture. It is also to be seen on certain high quality pianos.

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