High quality solid wood furniture

Karongwe Furniture’s vision is to be the preferred manufacturer and supplier of high quality solid wood furniture and bespoke pieces to individuals and trade clients that have a discerning taste for quality, elegance and uniqueness.

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Karongwe

– a hidden place –

Karongwe (Meaning) – A HIDDEN PLACE – Shona Language

Our factory is based in the artistic town of Hartbeespoort. It lies at the foothills of the ancient Magalies Mountains. We are a hidden gem. We prefer it this way as we are close to nature from where we draw most of our inspiration for our furniture pieces.

Karongwe was founded by Tino Roets in 1997. A Mathematics and Science teacher by trade, he tinkered and crafted as a spare time hobby. He always had a passion for crafting with his hands. It is this passion that led to the creation of Karongwe Furniture two decades ago.

Today we are a second generation family business owned by husband and wife team, Dalain and Elizé Roets, sharing our love for wood and crafting beautiful furniture for our clients all over the world.

CRAFTSMANSHIP – Our passion is our craft

“We did not invent the rules. We only follow them closely” – Dalain Roets

There are no shortcuts when making solid wood furniture. Our pride is our craftsmanship and attention to detail in every piece that we make. Our reward is to know that each piece was crafted with the Karongwe philosophy of using premium solid hardwoods, classic joining methods and superior finishing techniques.

WOOD – The life of our craft

We source only premium grade hardwood timber from sustainable sources for the manufacture of our solid wood furniture pieces. A deep love for wood sets us apart from mass producing manufacturers. We celebrate its uniqueness in every design that we make. Our focus in design has always been on the wood itself – wood is timeless.

OUR COMMITMENT – Proudly made in SA

Our commitment is toward our staff and our clients, the people responsible for the success of our business. Our product is 100% locally designed and manufactured. Our artisans are trained in-house by our master craftsmen. We are a client centered organisation and strive to exceed our customer’s expectations by delivering personal service.

Our Value Proposition…

QUALITY – Integrity is soft spoken

Our product lies at the core of our business. It is the strongest and longest living testimony of our work. It is where our passion, pride and skill converge.

SOLID WOOD – Premium Hard Woods

We only use premium solid hardwoods procured from sustainable sources in the manufacture of our furniture pieces.

BESPOKE DESIGN – Classic and Contemporary

Using our vast experience and understanding of various solid woods we love to design to suit our client’s tastes and wants. Using the latest technology in design software we can bring ideas to life.

GUARANTEE

We offer a full 5 year guarantee on our workmanship.

Unique Benefits About Us

  • Factory Direct
  • Premium Solid Wood
  • Classic, Contemporary and Bespoke Design
  • Superior joining. Using classic and modern techniques.
  • Vast Experience in Design and Manufacture
  • Export Worldwide
  • Workmanship Guarantee
  • Locally Made
  • After Sales Service

Our Product Ranges

Heritage Rage, this being our signature range that imbues classical designs that use traditional woodworking and joining methods.

Contemporary Range that leans toward more modern, sleek designs that appeal to a style and affordability conscious customer. 

Live Edge Range that takes salvaged fallen trees from logs to magnificent one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Bespoke Range that provides our customers with the ability to co-design furniture to their liking and preference.

Solid Wood Furniture Categories

Wood Types and Finishes

Ash - Fraxinus americana

The heartwood is a light to medium brown colour. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood. Ash has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found. The heartwood is rated as perishable, or only slightly durable in regard to decay. Ash is also not resistant to insect attack. Ash produces good results with hand or machine tools. Responds well to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
Ash is among the least expensive utility hardwoods available domestically; it should compare similarly to oakin terms of price. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. White Ash has excellent shock resistance, and along with hickory (Carya spp.), it is one of the most commonly used hardwoods for tool handles in North America — particularly in shovels and hammers where toughness and impact resistance is important. When stained, ash can look very similar to oak (Quercus spp.), although oaks have much wider rays, which are visible on all wood surfaces — even on flatsawn surfaces, where they appear as short, thin brown lines between the growth rings.

Australian Blackwood, Tasmanian Blackwood, Acacia Blackwood

Acacia melanoxylon
Native to Tasmania and eastern Australia; also introduced to Africa, South America, and southern Asia The Colour can be highly variable, but tends to be medium golden or reddish brown, similar to Koaor Mahogany. There are usually contrasting bands of colour in the growth rings,and it is not uncommon to see boards with ribbon-like streaks of colour. Boards figured with wavy and/or curly grain are also not uncommon.
The grain is usually straight to slightly interlocked, and sometimes wavy. Uniform fine to medium texture. Blackwood is rated as moderately durable regarding decay resistance, though susceptible to insect attack.
Blackwood is easily worked with both hand and machine tools, though figured wood and pieces with interlocked grain can cause tearout. Blackwood turns, glues, stains, and finishes well. Responds well to steam bending. Although Australian Blackwood is considered an invasive species and a pest in some areas, the lumber is still fairly expensive, and figured wood is even costlier. It has been used as a lower-cost alternative to Hawaiian Koa. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Although called Blackwood, the name is somewhat of a misnomer, as its wood is not at all black. Rather, its lustrous golden brown grain has been used as a sustainable alternative to Koa. The species has been introduced to a number of regions worldwide — either as an ornamental shade tree, or on a plantation for lumber — and in many areas, the hardy tree species has become an invasive species.
Australian Blackwood compares very closely with Koa. Australian Blackwood tends to have a straighter grain, and slightly better machining characteristics than Koa.

Kiaat (African Teak) - Pterocarpus angolensis

Kiaat is indigenous to South and Central Africa. It forms part of the teak family and is commonly known as African teak. The heartwood colour can vary widely from a lighter golden brown, to darker reddish or purplish brown. The wood becomes more subdued with age. The grain is straight to interlocked which makes it excellent for furniture making. It has a medium to coarse texture with a low natural luster. Kiaat machines and finishes very well. The heartwood is rated as being durable and has a good resistance to insect attack. Kiaat is used for Furniture, boatbuilding, veneer and turnings.

White Oak - Quercus alba

The Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. The grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture.
Oak is rated as very durable; frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications. Produces good results with hand and machine tools. Has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well. This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. White Oak is the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland. Connecticut’s state quarter was minted with a picture and inscription of a famous White Oak tree, The Charter Oak. White Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, easy-to-work, and economical, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers. It’s no wonder that the wood is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making.

Our Mission

We will deliver superb craftsmanship.
We will work as a team to manufacture the highest quality furniture.
We will serve our customers to the best of our ability and provide focused service.
We will be authentic in our purpose and design of high quality solid wood furniture.
We will trust and empower our team members to perform the best of their ability in order to live up to our vision.

Testimonials

Valerie & Tony Dawson

Dear Dalain,

We are really excited to see the furniture here in the UK and would like to thank you and the factory staff for your assistance and attention to our order.

Valerie & Tony DawsonLondon, UK
Su-anne

Thank you for your mail.  I am sure that we will enjoy the furniture we purchased from you. The furniture is absolutely beautiful. I have to so that we are completely thrilled with the end result. It was an absolute pleasure doing business with Karongwe.  It is seldom today that one has the pleasure of dealing with a company with such excellent standards, both in their levels of professionalism as well as the product that they supply.  It is obvious that every person we have been exposed to along the way takes pride in being part of your organisation.

Su-anneJohannesburg, South Africa
Tracey Basson

Thank you for your email it is appreciated, your service has been great and I honestly have no complaints but rather compliments that are due. The furniture is beautiful and we are very pleased to have bought such high quality goods from Karongwe Furniture. The service received right up to delivery of the goods was very professional and I will certainly be advertising your company. Should we require any other furniture we will definitely be visiting your showroom again. Many thanks once more.

Tracey BassonJohannesburg, South Africa
Lambda Chetse

I would like to thank Karongwe furniture for the good work an professionalism you showed in the recent purchase of my Plasma cabinet.  I’m so happy and proud to be an owner of such a wonderful piece of furniture.

When I was browsing the net looking at where I could buy a TV stand I had no idea I would end up with such a good piece. Initially when I phoned Raymond I felt the price was to steep and I wouldn’t spend R10000 on a TV stand. I promised to go and view at your exhibition in Greenstone during the weekend and only went on the Monday after I had a free day and relatively didn’t have anything to do. In my mind I had cancelled that trip and thank God I went. At Greenstone I was impressed with your products and with much assistance with the explanation from JACQUES I made a decision that I’m going to buy one from you.

I don’t regret the decision I made to buy from you. Hope to do business with you again in future.

Lambda ChetseJohannesburg, South Africa

Contact Us

Branches

GAUTENG and CAPE TOWN

FACTORY and SHOWROOM - Hartbeespoort

Tel: 012-259-9900
Fax: 012-259-9901
Email: info@karongwefurniture.co.za
Physical address: Stand 275, Rietfontein, Van Der Hoff Road, Hartbeespoort, 0260

SHOWROOM – Cape Town

Tel: 021-847-0150
Email: info@karongwefurniture.co.za
Physical address: Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset-West, 7130

Call +27 12 259 9900

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