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Exotic Woods

Exotic Wood Styles

Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry)

JATOBA (also called Brazillian Cherry) is the most common exotic wood and one of the most popular. It is very hard, fairly stable and it holds up to traffic extremely well. Jatoba has a deep, lovely color that ranges from salmon red to orange brown when fresh, becoming russet to reddish cherry brown over time—it takes a full year for the wood to reach its mature color. The wood is often marked with dark streaks and it takes a lustrous finish.

Brazillian Moabi

BRAZILIAN MOABI (also called Guajara) is similar in appearance to American Cherry. This popular wood is fairly durable and quite stable; and it almost never shrinks. The texture is fine and even, the grain usually soft and straight, but occasionally wavy. The color of the heartwood is light brown with reddish and tan undertones. The distinctive sapwood is pinkish white or gray brown. Moabi will darken somewhat over time, but it won’t significantly change in color.

Peruvian Olivewood

PERUVIAN OLIVEWOOD is unique to Expressive Woods. It’s a hard and very stable wood with a singular look. This handsome wood has a fine texture with a broad grain. Its color ranges from golden brown to burgundy, with frequent irregular dark streaks. The color tones will darken somewhat over time, depending on the type of finish used.


SAMBAWOOD CHARACTER GRADE is an interesting mixture of medium/dark brown heartwood and light-colored sapwood. This grade allows minor defects such as small tight knots. Sambawood is a medium hard and stable wood. If you’re looking for a unique floor that exhibits both a variety of colors and a strong personality, Sambawood deserves careful consideration.

Santos Mahogany

SANTOS MAHOGANY can be an excellent value, considering how attractive and how hard it is. Regular Mahogany is too soft for most flooring applications. Santos Mahogany, on the other hand, offers the rich look and tight grain of mahogany, but it is much more dense and stable. Color ranges from orange brown to dark reddish brown. The grain is uniformly striped.

Angelim Pedra

ANGELIM PEDRA is a very attractive, fairly hard exotic wood that’s easy to work. Angelim is stable and long-lasting with a distinctive marbling effect and unique grain characteristics. Freshly cut, the heartwood is yellow; when exposed to daylight over several months, Angelim turns medium brown, or occasionally dark-brown. The coarse grain has a long fiber that can be straight or interlocked; the luster is low to medium.


TIGERWOOD (also called Goncalo Alves or Muiracatiara)is a truly exotic wood. It has long been prized for both its beauty and uniqueness. Its color ranges from orange/reddish brown to a deep red brown. But Tigerwood’s most striking feature is its series of bold and irregular brown or black markings that look like stripes. The wood is very strong and very durable, with a natural luster and fine grain that can be straight or wavy.

Peruvian Acacia

PERUVIAN ACACIA is a fairly hard exotic wood that exhibits both elegance and character. Its natural coloring has a strong grain with unique shading in a variety of tones, including gold, brown, grey and beige. We also offer a stained version that looks similar to nearly black African Ebony.

South American Pearwood

SOUTH AMERICAN PEARWOOD (also called Timborana) is one of our most exotic and most stable hardwoods. Initially, the wood is fairly light and golden. With age, the colors range from gold to reddish pink with burgundy tones. South American Pearwood is available in both First Grade and Character Grade. The type of finish used will have a large impact on the later appearance of this wood. Water-based finishes retain more of the natural color of the wood. Oil-based finishes will add more salmon tones and will darken over time.