With so many different grades and name of leather to choose from, we've made it simple for you to understand all about leather, and what you need to know to choose the right leather to suit your preferences best.
Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather and is made from the topmost layer of the cowhide. This leather has not had any sanding or buffing to remove imperfections and natural marks on the surface, and includes hair-on-hide, often referred to as “cowhide,” which is full-grain leather with the hair still attached. For this best-quality leather, the full grain is left intact, which provides strength, durability, and breathability. With continued use, full-grain leather will develop a rich patina.
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Top-grain leather is the second highest quality. It is made by removing the layers above and below it, leaving it thinner and more pliable than full-grain leather. Top-grain leather is sanded to remove any scars or marks from the hide, and is the most common choice for leather goods and furniture, as it is strong and durable.
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Genuine leather is created from the fibrous part of the cowhide that's left once the top layers have been removed. This split layer is usually treated with a finish or dye to make it resemble higher grades of leather. It's also used to create suede, which is leather with a fuzzy texture on both sides.
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