Genuine leather is a luxurious product of nature.Because of its interwoven mass of fibres, genuine leather combines durability and toughness with comfort and flexibility.
As a result of the living, the growth of leather will have natural marks and grain variations.A very important aspect of leather is that each hide has its own “personality”
A symbol of natural beauty
Genuine leather is a luxurious product of nature.
Because of its interwoven mass of fibres, genuine leather combines durability and toughness with comfort and flexibility. As a result of the living, the growth of leather will have natural marks and grain variations.
A very important aspect of leather is that each hide has its own “personality” with varying thicknesses and density, just as with human beings. No two are the same therefore the textures will obviously not be the same. We use as many as 5 hides on each couch and all will differ from each other in texture and feel.
Animals are exposed to a wide variety of natural environmental factors, resulting in markings on them that bear the hallmark of their origins. These marks are not defects, but are characteristic of genuine semi aniline bovine leather.
Typical marks found on leather are:
- Stretch marks
- Healed scratch marks
- Fat folds
- Healed tick bite marks
- Grain variations
- Texture variances
There are three important leathers used for upholstery:
- Textured leather (corrected grain leather): This leather is treated so that all defects are “treated” to hide the marks etc. this does not provide the personality, “feel”, of Semi or full Aniline leather.
- Semi and full Aniline leather: regarded as the most “honest” expression of leather obtainable.
- Nubuck leather: this leather is easily affected by sunlight and tends to show even more marks. It has all the attributes of Suede in fact it is Suede. The Suede is treated with a silicone finish so that the leather will withstand staining.
We only use Semi Aniline or Nubuck leather as we feel that our couch designs are enhanced by the personality that these leathers impart.
Semi Aniline leather only receives colouring during the tanning process. Every care is taken to preserve all of nature’s beauty marks in their authentic, unvarnished glory. These leathers improve with age, absorbing life’s nicks and scratches, gracefully.
Care and maintenance of leather:
Attend to spills immediately by wiping with a damp cloth, blotting, not rubbing. Never use heat, soaps, detergents or chemical derivatives. Should an oil/fat spill penetrate, allow drying, and then apply talcum powder, leaving overnight and then gently wiping with a clean dry cloth.
All leather should not be subjected to direct sunlight, as fading will occur.
Remember that leather is a natural material that changes its appearance as it ages. All leathers will fade over time. Routine dusting/wiping, with a dry cloth, or vacuuming with a drapery attachment is all that is necessary.
Do not put a sticky price tag or buff tape directly onto the leather. If this should happen then remove the label or tape mark with paraffin only – Gently!!!
Semi Aniline leather does not require any application of “restorers” or “leather cleaners” Properly treated, leather upholstered sofas, will last a “lifetime”.
- Will the leather stretch over time?
Yes, a certain amount of stretching will occur because leather has elasticity and forms according to the amount of use an area gets.
- What is the difference between aniline and corrected grain leather?
Aniline leather = more natural characteristics. Corrected grain leather = less natural uniformed look.
- Isn’t leather hot in summer and cold in winter?
It adapts to the temperature of a room, or your body and will maintain a consistent temperature that feels good to your skin.
- Will leather crack or peel over time?
No, aniline leather will not crack or peel. Corrected grain leather may, depending on the usage and age.