Nothing feels more luxurious than leather. Whether it’s a rich sofa, supple sectional or trendy club chair, leather furniture is timeless and classic. It also improves with age, developing a beautiful patina over time. From urban to traditional to modern and casual, leather also fits any style décor. And with a variety of grades and finishes, there is a leather option for virtually every budget.
If you’ve never shopped for leather furniture, here’s a quick guide to help you understand the terminology:
Aniline. Leather that is treated in an aniline dye bath so that scratches won’t reveal a different color beneath. This leather is very soft as only the best hides are used for this process.
Antiqued. Leather that has been dyed twice in a lighter and darker color to give an aged distressed appearance.
Bonded. A leather-like material made from leather scraps, polyurethane and cotton layers. This leather is less expensive and is created for durability.
Embossed. Leather that has been imprinted to create a texture as a design element.
Full Grain. Leather that includes one-of-a kind natural markings or irregularities from the cowhide.
Nubuck. A top-grain leather that is lightly brushed to create a short, plush nap that feels like velvet and is resistant to scratches.
Pigmented. Leather treated with a pigment to give it a more uniform color. This is a less expensive, stiffer type of leather, and it’s more resistant to stains and scratches, which is great for family use.
Pull-up. Leather that is treated with anilines to create a weathered or distressed look.
Sauvage. Leather that has been treated with a two-toned effect to create a marbled design.
Semi-aniline. Leather that has a small amount of pigment added, which provides better protection against stains and fading.
Split Grain. The layer of leather found beneath the top-grain layer. This type is usually given an embossed or surface treatment, and it’s usually less expensive than top grain.
Top Grain. This leather comes from the outer surface of the hide, which is considered to be strongest section. It can be left natural or embossed.