Published : 09/18/2015 11:21:52
Categories : Buyers Guide
The Leather for furniture and upholstery is produced using many different types of leather and different processes giving to leather different looks, feel and quality to furnitures goods, and ultimately even how to clean it. Leather comes from many different sources, mostly from cow and buffalo.
The Leather for furniture and upholstery in usually finished in three main type of finishing: aniline, semi-aniline, and protected or pigmented leather.
Aniline leather is highly prized for the way it looks, is the most natural looking type of leather and retains the unique surface characteristics such as pores scars. Aniline leather is dyed by immersing the hide in a transparent dye bath, but the surface is retained because it is not coated with any additional polymers or pigments. Only the very best hides, about 5% are used for aniline leather, because all surface marks remain visible.
Advantages: Aniline leather is very soft to touch, and comfortable. Since it retains all the unique markings and characteristics of the hide, each piece is very different from the other.
Disadvantages: Since it is not protected, aniline leather can be stained easily. It is not recommended to use in furniture for young families or very high traffic areas for that reason. Highly priced.
Semi-aniline leather is just a little bit more hardy and covered than aniline leather because its surface has been treated with a light coat that contains some pigment and this makes it more soil and stain resistant.
Advantages: While it has the uniqueness of aniline leather, semi-aniline leather has more consistent color and is more resistant to stains, isn't damaged as easily. Semi-aniline leather is a bit less expensive.
Disadvantages: The markings are not as apparent, and therefore less unique than aniline leather. If you are a fan of the more natural looking aniline leather, then this is not for you.
Protected leather is the most common and durable type of leather, it is the most used leather in manufacturing furniture and upholstery. Protected leather has a polymer surface coating containing pigments in suspension. While the thickness of the surface coating may vary, it allows the manufacturer to have more control over the properties of the leather.
Advantages: This type of leather is easy to maintain and it is the most resistant, uniform surface and color.
Disadvantages: This type of leather does not have the uniqueness of aniline leather, and looks less natural. The grain of the leather loses its natural look because is heavily covered.
In this category you will find the best Italian leather for furniture and upholstery. These skins, characterized by large sizes, are suitable for chairs, tables, sofas, carpets, armchairs, furniture, car interiors, but they are still usable for any purpose. This skin type is also suitable for leather craft projects.