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The benefits of premium leather

Understanding premium aniline leather

All our signature heirloom quality pieces at FrancoCrea use premium leathers. Unrivalled by any other material, premium aniline leathers offer a refined luxury that age gracefully throughout a life time.

We create great living by understanding each clients individual needs and providing tailored guidance to help them make the best informed decision.

At the heart of this journey, we un-jumble the difference between premium full aniline and premium semi aniline leathers, outlined here below, to ensure the right fit for our clients unique way of living.

A good reference point to establish is understanding the term aniline references the dyes used in the final finishing process of creating leather as we know it. Aniline dyes are a water soluble synthetic die and translucent, and important element to note, as this is what  allows the beautiful natural grain to shine through and retain the elegant feature of purest leathers. 

Premium full aniline leather

Only the very best raw hides are used for full aniline leathers. Natural characteristics such as insect bites, fat wrinkles, growth marks and healed scars may be visible and are a great indication of a superior quality natural leather with its own individuality. European hides are considered the highest quality as the cattle are reared in small herds with no barb wiring or branding.  

Full aniline leathers do not have any protective coating or pigment on the surface retaining its natural state. They are considered the most soft, elegant and supple leather providing the ultimate luxurious comfort level in seating. As the hair follicles are naturally uncovered, it will absorb body oils during use and enhance the leathers appearance over time. This improvement in appearance is called a patina and is a unique characteristic of natural leather.  This also allow the leather to be highly breathability. It does however mean it is more susceptible to fading from sunlight exposure.  

Full Aniline leather
Material Premium select European cowhide
 
Origin Germany
 
Grain Full
 
Grain Texture Smooth
 
Dye Aniline
 
Finish Pure uncoated
 
Seating Comfort Level 5 (maximum rating) due to breathability of leather and ability to absorb moisture
 
Care & Maintenance Conditioning of the leather can be kept to a minimum due to the natural oils present in full aniline leather that inherently retain suppleness.  Conditioning approximately once or twice per year is preferable using a professional water based leather cleaning kit. For any immediate spills a quick spot clean using a soft colourfast cloth is recommended, refraining from scrubbing the affected area. Placing leather out of direct sunlight and approximately 100cm away from a heat source is recommended as best practice for full aniline leathers as a minimum.

 

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Premium semi aniline leather

Only the very best raw hides are used for Semi-Aniline leathers. Natural characteristics such as insect bites, fat wrinkles, growth marks and healed scars may be visible and are a great indication of a superior quality natural leather with its own individuality. Semi-Aniline leathers are dyed like full-aniline, but have a thin protective top coat added to protect it from wear and staining. 

Premium semi aniline leather is evenly coloured with a very light pigment applied to the surfaced. Designed to make the leather more resistant to stains without completely concealing the natural characteristics of the leather hide, whilst retaining its natural aesthetic and soft breathable touch.  Semi-Aniline leather is a great option for people who want to see the natural beauty of leather, but would also like additional durability and colour consistency compared to a full aniline leather.  A perfect fit for young families or spaces with exposure to a strong western sun. 

Semi-Aniline leather
Material Premium select European cowhide
 
Origin Germany
 
Grain Full
 
Grain Texture Subtle grain
 
Dye Aniline
 
Finish Dyed & finished with thin protective top coat to protect from wear and staining
 
Seating Comfort Level 5 (maximum rating) due to breathability of leather and ability to absorb moisture
 
Care & Maintenance Conditioning of the leather can be kept to a minimum due to the natural oils present in semi aniline leather that inherently retain suppleness.  Conditioning approximately once or twice per year is preferable using a professional water based leather cleaning kit. For any immediate spills a quick spot clean using a soft colourfast cloth is recommended, refraining from scrubbing the affected area. Placing leather out of direct sunlight and approximately 100cm away from a heat source is ideal.

 

Need assistance selecting the right leather for you?
Our expert furniture designers are here to help.