Leather Types

We use different types of genuine and articial leather in our furniture as required and selected by the clients. We are able to source various types of leather. Below is a guide to some of the different types of leather commonly used in furniture making.

Aniline leather

A leather treated with aniline as a dye

Artificial leather

A fabric of finish intended to substitute for leather, also known as PU leather.
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Bicast leather

A synthetic upholstery product

Vegan leather

An artificial alternative to traditional leather

Poromeric imitation leather

A group of synthetic leather substitutes


A term for artificial leathers

Bonded Leather

Man-made material composed of genuine leather fibers

Patent leather

leather with a high gloss and shiny finish. Usually has a plastic coating.

Ostrich leather

leather from an ostrich

Nappa leather

A full-grain leather

Morocco leather

A type of goatskin dyed red

Stingray leather

Also known as Shagreen, it is obtained from the skin of Stingray fish. Commonly produced in Thailand and Indonesia.

Vachetta leather

Popularised by Louis Vutton, it is used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags. The leather is left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight causes the natural leather to darken in shade, called a patina.