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aniline leather is a collective term for high-quality, untreated smooth leather derived from various animal types. As with all smooth leathers, the outside of the animal's hide is the side which is processed. Wrinkles and even skin injuries are clearly visible. Graining remains intact and gives aniline leather a individual and very natural-looking character. An even surface pattern on aniline leather is always clear evident of flawless skin.

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Close-up of a semi-aniline leather showing its pores.

 

Dyeing aniline leather

Unlike the pigmented or semi-pigmented smooth leathers, aniline leather gets it colour from simple barrel dying with soluble dyes.

After dyeing, the skin pores remain completely open. This allows the leather to retain its natural suppleness and gives it a high level of breathability.

As an upholstery leather, aniline leather also comes with the positive characteristic of quickly warming up because it soon takes on the temperature of human skin. Aniline leather owes its name to aniline dyes which today, however, are usually replaced with dyes that are more gentle.

 

Material for covering upholstered furniture

Aniline leather is a valued material for covering elegant and prestigious upholstered furniture. It looks tasteful and does much to create the luxurious ambience of the furnishing style. These benefits come at the expense of a certain susceptibility to soiling and staining.

Wherever possible, furniture covered in aniline leather should not be exposed to permanent sunlight as the leather may then fade relatively quickly. Oure aniline leather is also rather sensitive to moisture and stains. Stubborn soiling is difficult to remove.

If furniture is exposed to a lot of wear and tear, as to be expected in families with children, aniline leather is not necessary the best choice. In this case, the pigmented smooth leathers are more serviceable as they are far more robust and easier to clean.

 

Unlike the pigmented or semi-pigmented smooth leathers, aniline leather gets it colour from simple barrel dying with soluble dyes. After dyeing, the skin pores remain completely open. This allows the leather to retain its natural suppleness and gives it a high level of breathability. As an upholstery leather, aniline leather also comes with the positive characteristic of quickly warming up because it soon takes on the temperature of human skin. Aniline leather owes its name to aniline dyes which today, however, are usually replaced with dyes that are more gentle.

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