Wenge is a weird and wacky word, we know. It has become common parlance in the dining room furniture world, but is likely less familiar to those outside of the industry. So we want to tell you a few very important things—namely, how to pronounce the word as well as definitions of what a “wenge dining room set” actually refers to. Who knows, you might find out that you love wenge dining room furniture, but just never knew what to call it!
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We understand that the temptation is to pronounce wenge as winj (incidentally, this is how you say whinge, which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary means “to complain fretfully”). However, the correct pronunciation is in fact when-gay.
Wenge: The Color
Wenge is actually two things: a color and a type of wood. The color is dark brown with copper undertones, and takes its name from the shade of the wood species it resembles. In the dining room furniture industry, wenge is used to reference nearly black pieces of dining furniture commonly identified as an “espresso” or “cappuccino” in color.
Wenge: The Wood
Wenge, which is also known as African Rosewood, is a tropical timber that grows in African countries such as the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. It is a heavy, dense wood that is very dark in color (again, picture the shade known as “espresso”).
In almost all instances, when you hear someone say “wenge dining room set” they are referencing the color, not the wood itself. This is because this wood species is listed as endangered.
At Dinette.com, our wenge dining sets are espresso or cappuccino-colored, and are not made of wenge wood. We take our commitment to being environmentally friendly seriously; almost all of our dinettes are made from renewable, plantation-grown hardwoods.
Our Carey 5-Piece Dining Set comes in an espresso finish that is a perfect example of the rich, coppertone beauty of wenge wood. Check it out today on Dinette.com!