Will aniline leather sofa be suitable?

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In a nutshell aniline leather is quiet simply as nature intended. (Really useful I hear you say!)
We can realistically put leather in to these basic categories in ascending order.

Faux - Not leather but plastic.

Bicast - A reconstituted mix of leather pulp and man made chemicals. There is no law that states what the composition of leather to chemical ratio there needs to be in order to call this real leather....

Corrected Grain - A leather that is corrected by man to offer unnatural patinas. Often rolled in a drum to give texture, always heavily dyed and often filled. Corrected grain leathers will often be made using split leather ( the discarded layer from top grain leather) Often made from South American or Chinese hides or buffalo hide.)Beware....Corrected grain can often be thicker than premium top grain, this is not a sign of quality. In leather quality, thickness should never be used as a guide to good leather. (The discarded portion of leather is thicker than premium top grain)

Aniline Leather. The whole hide or top grain is used. The hides are soaked in a natural aniline dye (no permanent colour)  The hides are then soaked in wax and oils to bring out the natural patina of the hide.

Aniline leather can be split into sub sections.

Full Aniline - Semi Aniline - Pull Up Aniline. All use the same wonderful  hides only the tanning process is different. (See other Guide)

Aniline leather is not for everyone. All natural scars and marks are highlighted. The sofas will become really distressed and faded over time. The leather also needs continued maintenance.

If you live in a particularly busy household with kids and dogs then maybe aniline is not for you. Although aniline leather is the best and most expensive leather it is not for everyone.

You must be very aware that aniline leather is 100% natural and can be incredibly variant. Even within the same hide you can get massive variations in colour and texture, this is not a fault this is what gives aniline leather its true beauty.....We have attached an image of one of our best selling premium hides "Newcastle Tan" as you can see from the image, the 2 supposedly identical hides are completely different colours and even within the same hide the colour changes massively.....

Yo may now ask how we make such variables work within one sofa when all hides are so different? The secret is in a great upholsterer, they will cut the sections of the sofa from the correct section of the hide. The skill is in then using the panels in different parts of the sofa and thus tricking the eye in to thinking that you have one completely uniformed sofa. This colour variation and mixing of different shades is what truly sets an aniline sofa apart from a mass produced poor quality leather sofa!

Embrace the quirkiness and character of aniline....If you cannot do that then maybe aniline is not for you?

At VintageLeatherSofas we are the aniline experts - we live and breath this leather but on occasion we do recommend an alternative to suit the customer not ourselves!!!! Any questions then please get in touch, we have over 200 aniline leathers available and dozens of alternative options but please do not ask for faux!!!!!
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