Exotic hardwood, although not as popular as it once was, is still a strong force to be reckoned with on the hardwood flooring market. Known and sought after for their high level of variation and rich contrasting color, exotic hardwood in the right space is another beautiful option for flooring decor.
2820 is the official hardness rating of Brazilian Cherry is one of the more well known and popular exotic hardwoods on the market. It is also commonly referred to as Jatoba, and typically will have reddish brown or yellow coloring. Homeowners love the unique mosaics created by Brazilian Cherry flooring. As most exotic hardwoods, this color will darken and get richer over time.
Like cherry, Santos Mahogany also offers variation in colors. Color variation ranges from medium brownish/orange to dark brown. Santos Mahoghany is ranked at 2200.
As the name suggests, Tigerwood is recognized for its striped grain, and gold coloring. Ranging in color from dark to light brown, Tigerwood makes a very striking impact on any given space due to the high level of variation common to this species. Unlike many natural lighter color woods, that amber over time, Tigerwood will get darker. Tigerwood is rated 2160 on the Janka hardness scale.
Beautiful in texture and color Brazilian Walnut is a warm brown to yellow hued species that is rated 3680 on the Janka Hardness Scale. Also known as Ipe, Brazilian Walnut is praised for its soft and wavy grain, making it a great alternative to Red Oak in terms of it’s visual appeal for those who want more grain than Maple, but less texture than Oak