Rosewood is a dense hardwood, indigenous to India, South America and the West Indies. Rosewood is characterized by black streaks on a figured ground. Rosewood often fades in sunlight. Rosewood was widely used in veneering and crossbanding, particularly by British cabinet makers. Anglo – Indian pieces are often made in the solid. Dark streaked Brazilian rosewood was used prolifically throughout Europe and America during the early 19C. Brazilian rosewood was also carved in the solid.