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You don't spend pots of money on a chocolate car, so why buy a leather item which isn't suitable for its use? We have produced a table below which should help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing the exact type of leather you want your furniture to be made from...

Single person or couple / occasional use

Small family / regular use / light commercial use

Large family with pets / use all the time / commercial use

ANTIQUE CARE

Antique Grain (two-tone or rub-off) is a leather to which a special surface has been applied to mimic the unique ‘WORN' appearance of the more traditional leathers. This is achieved by a top coat which is applied unevenly, or rubbed off, to reveal a paler colour beneath. There will be natural marks and some shade variation and this type of leather will age more over time.

ANILINE CARE

Aniline leather is the most natural looking leather with the unique surface characteristics of the animal hide remaining visible. This is a leather that has no additional pigmentation and either has no protection, or there may be a light transparent finish. As such, a degree of natural marks and shade variation should be expected.

SEMI ANILINE CARE

Semi-Aniline is a natural looking leather with some of the unique surface characteristics of the animal hide remaining visible. This type of leather may contain a small amount of pigment in the surface coating. This will give some degree of extra protection but some shade variation should be expected.

PIGMENTED CARE

Pigmented Leather has a thicker surface coating to enhance durability. A polymer finish that contains pigments provides the durability. With modern technology, the coating can be embossed, printed or plain.

There are different types of pigmented leather:

Full grain pigmented leather:
The original leather surface is left intact before applying the surface coating.

Corrected grain - pigmented leather:
The original leather surface is lightly abraded to remove imperfections before the surface coating is applied.

Finished split leather:
The middle or lower section of the hide is covered with a polymer coating and embossed to mimic the grain of the leather. This is usually only used in a low stress area. The finish that has been applied will offer protection.  

PULL-UP CARE

Pull-up leather (also known as waxy or oily pull-up) has a natural worn look which will lighten in colour when stretched. This leather is natural leather that may have some natural marks and shade variation. This type of leather will age and appear more ‘lived in' with use.

NUBUCK CARE

Nubuck is a natural looking leather with the grain surface of the hide very lightly abraded to give a soft velvety appearance. The nap is very fine due to the tight fibres in the grain layers of the hide. This product can easily soil and is usually used for occasional use.

SUEDE CARE

Suede: The middle or lower section of the hide is used and then abraded to give a distinctive fibrous nap.



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