Hundreds of quality hides from the leading names in leather
In addition to our comprehensive range of fabrics, our sofas can also be manufactured in a wide range of quality leathers. At Long Eaton Sofas®, we use three main types of upholstery leather, from carefully selected suppliers and tanneries:
Soft and unique, this type of leather is only made from the very best quality hides and is 100% dyed through the entire thickness. With this process in mind, no two hides are exactly the same and the texture dye and finish penetrations will differ. Every effort is made to achieve exactly the same finished hide, however some variation in colour may occur. The surface of the leather is also untouched showing all of its natural characteristics, with grain variation, scars and natural markings clearly visible. Aniline leather has only a light protective coating of transparent pigment and is the least durable of all the leather types. Aniline leather should be treated with care in domestic environments.
This type of leather is made on good quality hides and is also 100% dyed through the entire thickness. As aniline leather, no two hides are exactly the same and the texture dye and finish penetrations will differ. Every effort is made to achieve exactly the same finished hide, however some variation in colour may occur. The surface of the leather will usually show fewer natural characteristics, however some will still be visible. Semi-aniline hides have a light surface coating applied to the leather after dyeing to make it more durable than aniline leather and more suitable for domestic environments.
Pigmented / Corrected
This type of leather is the most commonly used upholstery leather due to its durability. Corrected grain leather has all the strength of a full grain leather but has had a portion of its grain layer removed in order to increase its usable area. Hides are usually corrected by buffing the outer surface of the leather grain to remove most of its natural characteristics before being given a coating of a colour and an embossed finish. Corrected grain hides are normally uniform in appearance and are very hard wearing, making it more suitable for heavy domestic environments.
The natural characteristics of leather
Animals have individual features on their hides and skins which will have occurred during their time living on the pasture. These natural features are common and occur throughout an animal's life. Find out more about the natural characteristics of leather in this short video from our friends at Yarwood:-