Kingwood: Another Brazilian beauty. I have always wondered how the French Kings knew about this wood, but they decided this would be their favorite wood for furnishing their Castles (homes). It is beautiful stuff. The French name for it is Violet and it definitely has a violet hue with nice grain contrast. It is very similar to Tulipwood (they are both Rosewoods) except for the coloring. I have always surmised it was the same stuff, just colored differently because of location.