India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Fiji
Plantation Species: Mahogany
Strict regulations on the harvesting and trade of wild mahogany have resulted in significant price increases in the last decade as current plantation stock is unable to meet worldwide demand.
Found naturally in tropical regions or rain forests in Africa and South America, this evergreen tree can reach heights of over 60 meters. Most plantation stock is today found in tropical areas of Asia such as Indonesia, Fiji and India.
Beauty & Durability
Mahogany has been prized for centuries by carpenters and furniture makers for its unparalleled beauty and durability. The timber is renowned for its unique grain and achieves a rich reddish-brown colour as it ages. The wood is also resistant to water, decay and insects. Mahogany is widely regarded as the premier wood for fine furniture, carving, trimming, and many musical instruments.
Deforestation & Regulation
According to the World Wildlife Foundation, wild mahogany is "being plundered at an unsustainable rate." As a result, governments around the world have enacted strict regulations requiring any timber sold to come from plantations or other renewable sources. While these regulations have helped to alleviate deforestation and habitat destruction, they have lowered the supply of mahogany on the market, ensuring record prices for the foreseeable future.