At first, leather seems simple. It's just cow hide (or some other type of animal). But when you start looking for quality leather dining chairs there's a lot to consider. All leather is not created equal and if you're going to pay a premium for genuine leather you should ensure you're getting the best.
Why are you choosing leather? What made you pick leather over vinyl or even a traditional fabric? Is it for one of the following reasons?
To ensure you all these benefits you need to make sure you get the right type of leather. What should you look for?
You have 3 basic choices:
Which one is the best? It really depends on the application, but at Carrington Court we've decided to go with Aniline. Full aniline leather can only be made for the best hides. The reason behind this is simple: since there is no pigment added, all imperfections are visible. Semi-aniline and pigmented leathers cover up imperfections with paint.
You may be wondering what is wrong with covering up imperfections. When you add pigment it makes the leather stiffer--negating the suppleness that many prize. It also takes away some of the natural character. The more pigmented it is, the harder it is to tell from vinyl. As aniline ages it increases in beauty like a well-worn bomber jacket or wallet. The downside of aniline is price. Since aniline leather requires the best hides, it costs more.
One other factor to consider is the leather grain. You'll want to get a dining chair with top-grain leather. Top-grain is the leather that comes from the desirable outer surface of the hide. Leathers that come from inner surfaces all called "split grain" and they are much weaker and less resilient.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other leather textures: Nubuck, suede, pull-up leather and even embossed leathers. That's what so great about leather--Choice. You're sure to find one that matches your unique taste and style.
If you want to learn more about leather, you may want to check out this great video from Saddleback Leather explaining the differences in leather grains.
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