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Khaya wood is also known as African mahogany because it is similar in appearance and properties to genuine mahogany, and also belongs to the Meliaceae family.

The most relevant species are Khaya anthotheca, Khaya ivorensis and Khaya senegalensis, native to regions of tropical Africa. Khaya wood is characterized by its reddish-brown colour and often has a straight grain with a medium to coarse texture. It is prized for its durability, stability, and attractive appearance. It is relatively easy to work and has a good finish, perfect as a tonewood. Like other valuable tree species, khaya is threatened by habitat loss and over-harvesting and this has led to trade restrictions, being listed in CITES Appendix II, which implies regulated trade, to prevent unsustainable or illegal exploitation of this species.

At Tonewoods, SL, the Khaya we trade comes from FSC forest concessions in Congo and Gabon. These long-term concessions guarantee us a stable and constant supply for years, with full traceability and selective logging, helping to preserve the forests. Its scientific names are Khaya anthoteca from Congo and Khaya ivorensis from Gabon. Khaya tree can reach a height of between 50 and 60 metres and a diameter of between 1 and 2 metres.

The Khaya has an average density of 600 kg, classified as resistant to termites and other types of insects, which is why it is in great demand to produce our tonewood products such as: necks, backs, and sides, as well as electric guitar bodies, among others, improving their acoustic properties.


In Tonewoods, S.L. we offer a selection of our Khaya wood to produce parquet.

Within our trade of Khaya wood, you can also find products for the interior design sector, as well as finishes for paneling and wooden frames.

Its resistance to water and decay makes Khaya wood suitable for shipbuilding, being used in hulls and decks, as well as other structural components.

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