At Carriage House Furniture Company we love leather! There is so much variation in leather that it can give your room a luxe feel or it can give your room a rugged, laid-back feel. We think leather always looks great, but in the furniture industry, it can be hard to tell if a piece is made with real leather and what kind of leather it is. On the blog today, we're going to be talking about the different types of leathers and how you can figure out if what you're buying is the real deal!
When shopping for furniture, you may have heard the terms bonded or split leather and top-grain leather. Bonded leather is reconstituted leather made up of leather fibers that have been bonded together with latex. Many times, bonded leather has pieces of real leather in it, but it is not a full leather product. Top grain leather is genuine grain leather as opposed to bonded or split leather that has been pigmented and glued together. When you are shopping for leather products you want to make sure the piece you are buying has top-grain leather on all sides of the piece.
At Carriage House Furniture Company, our leather manufacturers deal with three different types of top-grain leather: Pure Aniline, Semi-Aniline, and Protected Leather. Pure Aniline leathers are the most natural and the most exquisite of all the leathers . Aniline leather receives no additional coloring and they have a soft, supple hand, a lot of natural markings, and a lot of variation in their look.
Semi-Aniline leathers have been dyed and coated with a protected layer to diminish the effects of abrasion and spills. Semi-Aniline leather is the perfect blend between pure aniline and protected leather because it gives you the natural look of an aniline leather, while still giving you a piece that is perfect for a family environment.
Protected leathers have been coated with a protective finish that reduces the likelihood of scratches, stains, and fading. They are a more practical product for family lifestyle and they can come in a variety of looks and colors that can complement any decor.