Leathers Qualities Series I

Luxury leather is a combination of three factors: the type of animal from which it originates, how it has been treated, and its grain status. High grade and full grain are the most desirable and durable leathers, but there’s more to it than that. A brief on the terminology of leather will ensure that you know what you are buying when looking for new sources of leather.

Top Grain Leather

Leather, which is buffed and  usually treated with full pigment colour. Top-grade treatments are applied to leathers with scars and other environmental exposure-related defects. This includes the hide’s outer layer that has finer and denser fibers. This gives strength and durability to the leather. It can also contain some of the more fibrous under layer, known as corium, depending on the thickness.

Full Grain Leather

The finest leathers of all. Only the hair from the epidermis has been removed. The surface is natural and to conceal mperfections, it has not been corrected, split or buffed. The leather’s back shows no color but remains natural. For this category of leather, only the finest quality hides are reserved. Full-grain leather is considered to be the leather of the highest quality and is often used for making furniture and footwear.

Aniline Leather

Pure Aniline leathers fall into the elite 5% of Full Grain leather available.  These grains are also sometimes referred to as Aniline Full Grain, True Aniline and Naked Aniline , or Natural grains. People who love the natural characteristics and markings of the very purest quality hides and are searching for the softest leather generally seek out Pure Aniline Grains.

Semi Aniline Leather

Semi-Aniline grain leathers are processed a little more than Pure Aniline leathers. They receive a nominal level of manufactured coatings that conceal minor surface defects but do not cover the natural characteristics of the hide. Semi-Aniline grains fall into the top 10-15% of the Full Grain leathers.

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