Learning About the Different Types of Leather
Leather is a stylish and resilient choice, but understanding what type to buy can be challenging. Overall, leather is hard-wearing and comfortable throughout many environmental changes. Picking the style of leather may depend on your environment. For example, leather mixed with vinyl may be cheaper but feel less comfortable and cool on a hot summer day. Style and color of the leather can also rely on the décor of the space and whether it is conventional or more contemporary.
Maintenance of leather also depends on what form you get, so take that into consideration when selecting your leather furniture. Here’s some information on the three most common types of leather:
• Aniline: The most costly type of leather, it is also the most pure. It's colored only with dyes, and the natural marks of the hide are exhibited. Nubuck is dyed aniline with a velvety finish.
• Pigmented or Protected: Less natural but more resilient, this type of leather is most commonly used for upholstery. It has a polyester surface coating, increasing its durability. There are a variety of different pigmented leathers, including antique grain and suede, which is similar to nubuck.
• Semi-Aniline: Similar to aniline in that it’s natural but resilient like protected, semi-aniline has a light surface coating and is a happy medium between the two.
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