Leather is a beautiful, natural material that makes us all feel luxurious and comfortable. 100% top-grain leathers are best for furniture because they ensure a durable high quality leather that is made to last. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to choose the one that is your perfect mix of quality, durability and luxury. Since leather is such a versatile material, you are sure to find one that suits your space and lifestyle.
We are here to break down the types of leather and help you make an informed decision that you won’t regret! Top-grain leather can be categorized into three types: Finished, Semi-Aniline and Aniline.
Finished leathers are great for everyday wear and tear. With a polymer coating, it is a fantastic choice for heavy traffic areas, especially with kids and pets. All of our finished leathers are smooth the touch with natural markings of the hide erased to maintain a solid, uniform colour and texture. Finished leather can also be embossed with a uniform grain to supply a natural look. Made to withstand a busy lifestyle, spills and dirt wipe up with ease!
Similar to finished leather, semi-aniline leather has a slight protective top coat added to protect from spills and staining. However, this leather will feature some characteristics of the natural hide as the leather as not been corrected like finished leather. Semi-aniline leather is great for those who love the look of a natural leather but would like the added protection. With a similar feel to a soft fabric, semi-aniline leather is warm and inviting. Regular conditioning of the leather is key to maintaining supple leather that will not dry out. We suggest conditioning every 12 to 18 months.
Also known as “nubuck”, or “nude” leather, aniline leather – the most natural form of leather – has a velvety nap on the surface and retains much of the natural markings of the hide. These leathers are not finished on the top, providing a luxurious leather that will age beautifully over time. Since there is no protective coating on aniline leather, the leather will develop a natural patina as you use your sofa, giving each piece its own unique rustic look and feel.