Monday, June 22, 2009

Kempas - A Little Known but Incredibly Beautiful Exotic

I think part of the fun of running a blog that has to do with your field is being able to introduce new and interesting products to readers who might not otherwise have been aware they even existed. Today, I want to highlight a favorite of mine, a yellowish-orange wood that is native to Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia called Kempas.

Kempas hardwood flooring brings a lot to the table in terms of being an all around great hardwood choice. First of all, its gorgeous. Don't take my word for it, take a look at the photo: You won't find many domestic species that feature such striking color and distinctive graining. That vertical strand-like grain combined with the light coloring of Kempas help any room to appear brighter, warmer, and expansive.

Kempas goes great with any light colored decorum, particularly those that choose yellowish accents along with browns. It's also fairly hard, coming in at 1,700lbs on the Janka Hardness scale, a little over 300lbs higher than Red Oak, which is often used as the standard "average hardness" species.

On top of it all, Kempas is wonderfully affordable. We offer Kempas in both 3.6" and 4.8" widths, with the 3.6" priced at $3.79/sf and the 4.8" at $3.99/sf! Stop by the site and check them out!