Differences in Leather
To the layman’s eyes, leather seems to be uniform in character, however this is far from the truth as leather can vary greatly in look & feel, quality and performance. Choosing the right leather requires a certain understanding of the different characteristics of each leather type, which is influenced through its production process, starting by the quality of the raw hide. This determines into what article the leather will be made during it’s finishing stage.
Aniline is the most natural, soft and authentic type of leather and thus regarded as of the highest quality. Aniline leather can only be made from the best raw hides at the beginning of the production process. Aniline leather shows the true characteristics of leather such as scars, scratches, insect bites, fat wrinkles or growth marks. This type of leather has no top layer coating which allows the leather to breathe and thus ensures highest seating comfort.
Semi-aniline leather is more suitable for applications where regular usage and exposure to direct sunlight play a factor. Semi-Aniline leather is the perfect blend of a more uniform look while still displaying the authentic characteristics of the leather although less obvious than of full aniline. The applied light pigment coating on semi-aniline leather ensures an even coloration without inhibiting the breathability of the hide.
the top layer of the grain is buffed in order to eliminate imperfections and blemishes. It is the second highest quality leather. A top coat is applied to conserve its beautiful and natural look.
Pigmented leather is the most treated and most durable leather. During processing, the hides are buffed to reduces scars, veining or branding. The leather is subsequently coated with a color pigment. Corrected Grain leather gets an additional artificial grain pattern embossed onto the hide. Pigmented leather is very hard wearing and more resistant to fading and scratching. This leather is for those who value the practicability over the natural characteristics of leather. Although corrected grain leather requires the least amount of care, it also lacks the aesthetics and characteristics of natural leather.
Browse through our bovine leather portfolio and get inspired by a large variety of Aniline, Semi-Aniline, Pigmented and Corrected Grain leather.
A beautiful selection of Aniline game leather for those who appreciate the natural characteristics of Namibias magnificent large game antelopes.
Kabeljou caught off Namibia’s Atlantic coast, skins tanned and processed at Nakara for the fashion industry.
A beautiful selection of African game hair-on skins for interior designers as well as fashion and accessory designers.