Top 10 Expensive Exotic Wood in the World

Top 10 Expensive Exotic Wood in the World

Trees are always essential to make this world a better place. And their byproducts such as wood, root, extracts, leaves, fruits, etc everything is proven extremely useful. We know that there are cheap, moderate, and extreme in all cases. When it comes to the wood world, some premium pieces will astonish you with their cost.

Let’s check out some of the highly sought woods in the world.

  • Pink Ivory
  • Pink Ivories are said to be rarer than diamonds. Found in the areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe, this pink wood is rare and expensive. The best among them is identified by the measure of its vibrant pink color itself. High resistance against rot and insects as well as they have less wear and tear with climatic changes. Even though Pink Ivory woods can turn into a perfectly finished product, it can cause a blunting effect on machines due to the high density and stiffness of the wood.

    Pink Ivory Bowls Exotic Wood Zone

  • African Blackwood
  • This African species is considered to be the true Ebony. They are among the hardest, strongest woods in the world. Due to overexploitation and the slow growth rate of the wood, these trees are hard to find in the market.  Also, they are best in their league with qualities such as high density, straight grain structure, natural luster, and high finishing. These species are in almost all red lists that protects endangered species. Hence wood cutting importing/exporting etc are restricted. There are all the factors by which African Blackwood has become so expensive.

  • Agar Wood
  • The oil extracted from the trunk and roots of the tree is considered to be more valuable than gold! They are highly sought after in the international cosmetics and medicine market. The scent extracted from the Agarwood is very famous due to its unique qualities. They can last on your body more than 24hours with an exotic fragrance. Agarwood oil, perfume, and cosmetics made from their essence have a huge fanbase among celebrities around the world. It takes at least 6-8 years for a tree to produce the oil. And agarwood only grows in certain countries like Thailand. The popularity in the market made this wood a favorite choice for illegal woodcutting and hence, the wood is facing extinction. These are all some of the reasons for the high price of the wood.

  • Bubinga
  • These African woods are imported as a replacement for the famous and rare Rosewood. They are well known for their high density, strength, resistance to rot and insects, etc.  The color varies from pink-red to reddish-brown. Bubinga woods are mainly used for making premium furniture, cabinetry, customized wood items, etc.

  • Sandalwood
  • It is said that the fragrance of Sandalwood can remain for decades! All of the tree parts of Sandalwood are commercially valuable. There is a strong demand for sandalwood in the cosmetic market for making soaps, oils, powder, perfumes, etc. And the heartwood of Sandalwood is ideal for making furniture that can last for a very long time. These trees have special consideration in the endangered species list due to the popularity. It is illegal to produce these woods without special permits and sanctions in some countries like India. The decrease in cultivation and increase in usage is another reason for the market value of this wood.

  • Purpleheart Wood
  • When this wood is freshly cut, it shows a purple color, which then gets darken with sunlight exposure. It usually has a straight grain structure and has a natural luster with fine texture. The Purpleheart is a durable wood with good resistance to rot and insect attacks. The close grain structure of the wood makes it even water-resistant. Purplehearts are very hard and strong that its nearly unbreakable in normal situations. Also, they are very stable, sustainable, and extremely dense. The exotic strength, color, and availability of the wood make it one of the costly wood in the market.

    Purpleheart Wood

  • Lignum Vitae
  • This wood is considered to be the hardest and strongest wood in the world. Even the parts of the first nuclear submarine had parts from Lignum Vitae. The natural oil produced by the wood is a good lubricant that can avoid machine wear and tear.  This extremely hard, strong, and stable wood was once the first preference for all heavy woodworks. It has a greenish-brown color that slowly gets darker with time. Lignum vitae is exceptionally good for making turned wood crafts. Due to the wide usage, this wood is now facing extinction and is put under  CITES Appendix II and IUCN  red list.


  • Bocote
  • This wood is said to be the most expensive wood in the world. Bocote woods are very attractive with its zebra-strip like contrasts. The strength and hardness of this wood are often measured with a comparison to hard maple wood. Bocote wood is a perfect combination of beauty, hardness, density, stability, and workability. Gluing of the wood is not an issue even with the presence of natural oil content. They turn and finish well with fine texture and luster. Bocote woods are used in furniture, flooring, boat making, musical instruments, etc.


  • Ebony
  • Ebonies are extremely dense that, this wood can sink in water while the rest of the woods float. The dark rich chocolate color with dark hues makes this wood aesthetically appealing. They are extremely durable and can handle wear and tear in hard conditions quite smoothly. It has a straight grain structure with even texture and good natural luster. This high-density wood is quite hard to work with. Gaboon ebonies are expensive than many species of Rosewood. Due to the huge population reduction, this wood is listed in  CITES Appendix II and the IUCN  red list.

    Gaboon Ebony Bowl Blanks

  • Dalbergia
  • Dalbergia woods are used in furniture making as well as their oil is used in the cosmetic market. They are tough, hard, and strong. Usually comes with straight grain structure and even texture, this wood is durable and aesthetically appealing. Adding to the beauty and hardness, this wood produces a strong fragrance like sandalwood. They are best valued in sports goods, cosmetics, furniture markets, etc.  It’s difficult to work with this wood due to the high density. Due to the vast exploitation faced, this wood species is listed in  CITES Appendix II and the IUCN  red list. All these factors make this wood one of the expensive in the whole world.

    East Indian Rosewood-Exotic Wood Zone


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