Mahogany varies considerably in color. It may be yellowish, reddish, pinkish, or salmon colored when freshly cut, maturing into a deep rich red or brown color with age. Exposure to strong sunlight may cause some fading.
The wide variability in color has enabled many look-alike species to be marketed as mahogany. The interlocked grain usually produces a striped or roey figure on quartersawn surfaces. Swirl and crotch figures are also common. Irregularities in the grain often produce highly attractive figures such as, fiddleback, blister, stripe or roe, and mottle.
Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)