Now that you’re a leather expert
Leather sofas – Let’s break it down a little further. You’re ready for it.
In addition to a rainbow of colors like Tan, Black, Chocolat, Oxblood, Blue, Gray, and beyond, we also have distinct leather types.
This is where your lifestyle and sense of style comes into play. Think about how you plan to use your furniture and the environment it will live in.
Let’s learn more about the leather in the leather sofas that can enrich your life.
Oxford is a top-grain, semi-aniline leather with a slightly mottled effect to the finish. The wrinkles and texture of the hide are visible and the texture is semi-matte.
This is a great option in a home where you know a clumsy moment is inevitable. Imagine slowly watching a dinner plate topple or a drinking glass fall. With Oxford leather, Enrique’s “Hero” will be playing in the background because that extra layer of protective wax will be the savior you need. With it, you’ll have a few more precious seconds to grab a dishrag (or your shirt, we don’t judge) to wipe up that stain. Phew!
This one is popular — and for good reason. Charme is a full-grain, full-aniline leather that is highly variable in tone, texture, and natural markings. You’ll find markings as individual as fingerprints, including insect marks, wrinkles, spots, and stretch marks. This leather patinas rather quickly, giving it a beautifully unique finish.
We recommend Charme to pet parents or young families since it is already perfectly imperfect — so any additional scratches from claws or paws or small (but strong) fingernails simply add to the existing character of the hide.
For the cowboy/girl/man/woman/child in us all. Dakota is a semi-aniline, top-grain leather and is our most distressed and matte option. The natural markings on the hide are more pronounced than any other leather we offer for a truly varied and vintage appearance. Its beautiful layered colouring is thanks to two dying processes and a good sanding that provides a wonderfully worn effect.
Despite its aged appearance, it’s one of our most durable and hardworking leathers because of its top-grain status (remember: that means it’s been wax sealed). Which means it’s great if you’re after a rustic-chic look. Playtime and a bit of sofa cushion rough-housing? It’s not Dakota’s first rodeo.
Rawhide is a thick, full-grain, full-aniline leather (need a vocab refresher yet?) that has us nostalgic for worn-in baseball gloves and the traditional methods of leather production from yore. If you’re only familiar with the first one, we’ll forgive you and can help fill in the blanks. This leather is finished with a paraffin wax, which is how leather used to be finished 50 years ago. It produces an extremely rich finish and a touch-ably soft surface.
This deep brown leather is so sumptuous that it’s easily marked with a fingernail. We find that the scuffs and marks create a wonderful patina in a short amount of time. So for busy families, it’s what you want everyone to be playing with and sitting on to create those beautiful markings even faster.
Similar in look and feel to Rawhide, Taos is yet another rich, full-grain, full-aniline leather. Subtle character markings are present here for those lusting for that varied, well-loved look. For those who love Oxford’s colour consistency, but Charme’s character — Taos is an excellent compromise between the two. Like Rawhide, Taos has a higher-than-usual fat content seal to create a soft surface that will age and patina over time.
Taos’ is best seen in our Mello collection, a modular sectional with endless customizable configurations. Great for rooms with tricky layouts, if you have a lot of square footage to cover, or need furniture with maximum seating options. With its standout color and comfort, Taos is a great way to make a comfortable statement.
Sedona, a full-grain, full-aniline leather, is for those looking for a more luxurious sofa with an opulent feel. This style is made from European bull hides, unlike the South American cowhides in our other leathers. Bull hide has a thicker, fuller finish and closer grain structure — creating a truly luxe look.
Durable and beautiful, the Sedona would work well in any space but with its elegant nature and sophistication, it would look most at home in a formal living room.
Why don’t you see the different leather sofas for yourself? Visit us today or call us on 09 440 9858