How to choose leather, Part 2 – Lombards Fine Furniture, Columbus, Ohio
Leather is a truly unique upholstery material. At Lombards Fine Furniture we offer the finest leathers being produced today. We look for grain consistency, which means the leather will absorb color uniformly when dyed. Our leathers are selected for a natural appearance, with distinctive markings that impart unique character.
The natural surface of leather is like a landscape, with varying textures and shadowy furrows. These distinctive features are unique to genuine leather, a product that has been raised rather than engineered. No two hides will be exactly alike, as with all things in nature. Different grades of leather are finished and wear differently ensuring you of individuality.
The accompanying description of each leather type will help you choose the right leather for your lifestyle. After all, it will cover furniture designed and built to last a lifetime.
Pure Aniline Leathers
…Nature’s finest. And little else.
Choose a “Pure Aniline” leather if:
- You appreciate the sophisticated, natural beauty of an almost naked hide!
- You want the warm, butter-soft feel that only pure aniline leathers provide.
- You understand that these are fragile leathers that offer little protection from stains.
- You understand that this leather will fade quickly in direct sunlight.
What do expect:
- Pure Aniline leathers are as close to the natural leather as they can be. Because they are colored with only clear aniline dyes they are the softest, most elegant leathers available but have very little protection against stains, body oils, and fading. Likewise, scars, natural marking and imperfections will be highly visible but add to the natural charm of the hide.
- You can expect to see:
- Shade variations as different areas of the hide accept the dye differently.
- Wrinkles and stretch marks.
- Healed scars and insect bites.
- Texture variations from smooth to pebbled.
Care and Maintenance:
- Like any fine leather product, leather should be cleaned and protected every 6 months (every 4 months for lighter colors). See your designer for details.