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Brazilian Tulipwood (Dalbergia variabilis) is a colourful member of the true rosewood family, the tree grows in the northeastern provinces of Brazil and the nearly always small logs were shipped mainly from the seaport of Bahia, where the wood got its second name, Bahia tulipwood from. The wood and its veneers were mostly appreciated in the French 18th century, when it was the royal wood of Louis XV. and XVI. At the time, it was used for all the precious furniture of the court and noblemen, other objects of art.The name Rosenholz or bois de rose refers to the woods strong aromatic rose-like perfume when freshly cut. A very pleasant feature that surely was welcome in the perfumed spheres of the 18th century.The wood itself is very hard and dense, its colour (not durable under strong sunlight) varies from pale pink- yellow- red with a striped figure to salmon-red, even violet shades. Adding to the vibrant color is the woods natural lustre. Tulipwood can be finished to a beautiful, lustrous finish when sealed or french polished.