FAQs - Leather

How are the hides dyed?

During the dyeing stage, hides receive their first exposure to color. They are soaked in aniline dye, a translucent, colored dye that permeates the hide to bring out its natural markings, much like stain on wood.

Why does a hide appear lighter in some areas, and darker in others?

The cell structure of each hide determines how the dye is absorbed. Loose areas of skin for instance, typically accept more dye and appear darker. There are color variations within each hide, and from hide to hide. Leather’s natural markings and color variations are part of its natural, individual beauty. These subtle shading variations confirm the quality of the leather.

What’s the best quality leather?

That depends on your definition of “quality.” Traditionally, full aniline has been regarded as the highest quality leather due to its soft hand and natural beauty. It’s the most expensive due to the rarity of the hides. However, families may prefer Aniline Plus leathers. Aniline Plus retains the soft feel of full aniline, but has additional stain resistant properties. They are the best choice of leathers for high-energy households where accidents are common.

What does pure aniline mean?

Pure aniline is leather that receives its only color from translucent aniline dyes. No opaque pigments have been used to color the leather. Generally, this term means the most natural and therefore most expensive leathers.

What is the softest leather?

Pure aniline leathers are the most natural leathers, and have been processed the least. These hides generally boast the softest hand.

How do I care for my new leather furniture?

Simply dust once a week, and wipe monthly with a cloth dampened with distilled water. For more information, see our Care and Cleaning section.

What is the most durable leather for families?

Our aniline plus leathers are a good choice for families who are tough on furniture. They have been finished with a topcoat that boosts stain-resistance properties. However, if you have your heart set on pure aniline, it is appropriate for families too. Just understand the characteristics of this leather — it will gain a patina from use as the stains become absorbed into the leather.

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