Hand Rubbed leather is a type of semi aniline that is finished by rubbing layers of aniline dyes onto full grain leather until the desired color is achieved. This process is done by skilled artisans who understand the interplay of colors where a patina of multiple rich tones is desired. A protective topcoat is added to the dyes offering protection against stains and wear. Because the cow hide is full grain, subtle natural markings such as healed scars, finished scratches, insect bites and brands can be present. Hand rubbed leather is highly desired for heirloom furniture, antiques and high end leather furnishings. See Our Collection for hand rubbed leathers.
Pigmented leather has a layer of colorants sprayed onto the hide giving it a rich and uniform color. Next, a protective topcoat is applied giving it high resistance to spills, stains, fading, and scratches. A pigmented finish can be applied to both full grain leather or corrected grain leather. Pigmented leather is the most common type of upholstery leather and when well made, will have a highly durable finish. Pigmented leather is also used for automotive purposes. In Our Collection are premium pigmented leathers for home upholstery
Semi-aniline leather hides are similar to full aniline hides with the addition of a thin layer of matching pigment applied to even out the color. The hide is then sprayed with a clear protective top coat giving maximum protection against stains and wear while retaining the natural look and feel of a full aniline leather. While often subtle, natural markings such as healed scars and scratches, insect bites and brands can be present. The vast majority of premium upholstery leathers are semi aniline.
Pull-Up is a type of semi aniline leather with a silky wax topcoat added for protection. When this leather is pulled or stretched, the waxes cause the dyes to spread giving the hide a two tone or antiqued effect. Pull-up leather is commonly referred to as distressed leather as the wax topcoat easily scratches through normal use. These scratches will often be absorbed back into the leather and soften over time. This look is considered highly desirable for antiques, rustics and high end furniture. Pull-up leather is produced on the highest quality full grain leather.