** Click back arrow to RETURNWithin this Protected Top Grain category – you will find leather patterns that are Full-Grain leathers – meaning that the surface grain has not been altered or corrected and will display the natural beauty of the leather which may include range marks such as brands, healed scars from run ins with other animals, healed scars from barb wire fences, insect bites, grain variation such as fat wrinkles, etc. These beauty marks are not defects but examples of real leather, that you are selecting a leather that has not had its skin altered or changed or corrected. Within this Protected Top Grain category – you will find leather patterns that are Corrected Grain leathers – This is the most prominent type of top-grain leather in today’s marketplace and perfect for the active family with children and pets. There are distinct differences that separate corrected grain leather from full-grain leather. Full-grain leather, meaning that no alterations have been made to the grain or surface of the leather. Corrected grain leather, as their name implies, have had the surface altered. These hides are slightly grain corrected with light buffing or sanding, and then lightly embossed with a grain giving the surface a more uniform grain. They are then dyed with color pigments providing color uniformity, followed by a finishing protective top coat that resists scratches, stains and fading from sunlight.
PROTECTED – SEMI-ANILINE – TOP GRAIN LEATHERThe below colors are grouped by leather Grade. Grade 1 is the least cost group of leather colors. Scroll down below all colors to learn more about Protected Top-Grain and Full-Grain Leathers and the leather pattern name descriptions. Due to different computer display resolutions the following colors may differ slightly from the actual leather.
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PROTECTED – SEMI-ANILINE – TOP GRAIN LEATHERDuring the tanning process of semi-aniline dyed protected leather, a pigment coat is lightly sprayed or rolled onto the hide surface. The coating is very light and is generally just enough to produce a uniform surface color. The added color pigment helps to control shade variations from hide to hide and provides a greater degree of protection from fading from sunlight. Finally, a thin top coat in either a gloss or matte finish is applied as a protective coating to help resist scratches or stains. Therefore, these leathers are called protected top-grain leather and will include both full-grain leather and corrected corrected-grain leathers.
Full-Grain Leather CharacteristicsIn a world of manmade materials, real leather is a natural product like gemstones, exotic woods or any other natural material, hides vary in beauty and integrity. All manners of influences can affect their look and texture – genetics, environment and handling of the hide. Over its life, every hide acquires a personality. The inevitable accumulation of wrinkles and stretch marks, healed scars from run-ins with barbed wire, encounters with insects, thorns, and branding irons leave “nature’s beauty marks”. All of these events combine to give each genuine hide a distinctive character and are not considered defects, imperfections or flaws.
LEATHER COLOR PATTERN DESCRIPTIONS:APPLAUSE – Applause features a light hand-wiped look found on many lightly finished leathers adding dimension, yet it exhibits the protection found on fully protected hides. Applause works beautifully for those trying to balance a vintage look with high wear results. Applause is a top grain, whose grain has been corrected to remove range marks. It is a great leather for family rooms or for heavy traffic areas. The color palette features both warm earth tones and rich jewel tones and is a perfect choice for traditional and transitional styles. Hides are of South American origin. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistance, color uniformity. BLISS – is a beautiful heavy weight leather with a natural grain and tipped effect. Each hide is slightly buffed, followed by a waxy finishing coat. Rich earthy tones and warm highlights provide striking contrast in color in the peaks and valleys of the grain. Bliss has a soft elegant hand/feel and will perform beautifully in any living environment. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface aniline pigment, top coat, fade resistance, no color uniformity. * DOCUMENT – Dyes and waxes are hand applied by skilled artisans to the leather hides imparting a transparent clarity. Document has a bold, rich pebbled look and impressive patina that comes from the application of the aniline dyes. Because no pigments are used, there is a natural luxurious softness to the hides. A light protective top coat using a wax formulation, creates a subtle touch and makes this leather suitable for active family homes. Mother nature’s signature of authenticity can be found in every hide. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, light wax protective top coat, no fade resistance, no color uniformity. GLAM – soft to the touch, Glam is a beautiful leather with a touch of pearl color added to the surface. Its subtle two-tone effect creates both depth and drama, Glam is a dressy leather with sophisticated appeal that will enhance both transitional and contemporary living spaces. Glam is produced from European Cowhides that are tanned & finished in Italy. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, slight fade resistance, no color uniformity. HASANI – is a natural grain leather with a silky smooth finish and beautiful drape. A mild and unique patterned effect can be seen throughout each hide creating warm highlights and depth. The soft color palette features an array of colors and will compliment both transitional and contemporary settings. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistance, no color uniformity. HENLEY – is a protected top grain leather with a soft, silky hand/feel and a beautiful drape. A mild mottled effect can be seen throughout each hide creating warm highlights and depth. The color palette features an array of colors and will compliment any lifestyle. The wear ability of Henley makes it a perfect choice for family rooms and high traffic areas. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, no color uniformity. LUMINA – Lumina is a unique leather created using a traditional hand-wiped process that produces a noticeable try-tone effect giving tremendous depth and character. The rich warm colors and special wiping provided a rugged and yet sophisticated burnished look that will compliment any lifestyle. Lumina uses special pigments and treatments that make this Purely Protected leather perform. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, no color uniformity. MILANO – This matte finished leather boasts a beautiful two-toned effect giving it a lot of depth and visual appeal, though it feels like a pure aniline. Milano offers exceptional protection against scratching and standard wear. Milano was developed for use in high traffic residential settings. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistance, color uniformity. NO REGRETS – No Regrets is a unique leather that emulates a look and feel of a full aniline, non-protected leather. It has a light oil application that enhances the characteristics expected in a natural full aniline leather. Belly wrinkles, mimicking those found in pure aniline leather, are part of the beauty of No Regrets. Soft, supple, and designed to look and feel like a natural leather but created to perform like a fully protected leather. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistance, color uniformity. REVELATION – boasts a soft hand and subtle two-tone effect and provides a truly great value. The extensive color line offers something that has appeal for either traditional or transitional living environments. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, color uniformity. RUSTIC – Reminiscent of boot leather, Rustic has a distressed and random two-toned effect. The hides are been hand-worked, then finished with the Purely Protected process which provides stain protection, great wearability and the performance qualities of protected leather. Rustic has a very soft feel and as the name implies, lends itself to a more rustic yet elegant environment. Top grain, full grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, no color uniformity. SALOON – is a semi-aniline leather with a rustic crackled effect. Finished in Italy using timeless craftsmanship. Saloon is destined to become an instant classic. Saloon has a smooth, silky hand/feel and gentle matte finish designed to resist scratching and has minimal dye lot variation. This is the perfect leather for those wanting the look of a distressed natural leather with the wear-ability and consistency of a protected leather. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, color uniformity. TROUBADOUR – is a savvy well rounded leather with a collaboration of style and structure. The rounded pebble grain is stippled with a tonal effect applied to provide textural definition. The earth tone color palette makes it an excellent leather for either traditional or contemporary lifestyles. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, color uniformity. ZODIAC – visually features one of the more expensive products in the market today. It has an exceptional supple softness, with a fairly slick surface. The mild two-tone effect and color pallet lend itself perfect for today’s transitional or traditional lifestyles. Top grain, corrected grain, drum dyed, surface pigment, top coat, fade resistant, color uniformity. * Due to the way these leathers are tanned, variation in color is to be expected therefore, a cutting from the actual cowhides that will be used on your furniture will be sent to you for final approval. Please allow additional time for this activity to happen. Additionally, some leathers such as the Document leather pattern groups are hand rubbed/applied therefore, expect longer lead times than normal with variation expected.
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