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Aniline FiberDyed®: The dyeing process that results in true
color permanence. Transparent dyes penetrate the cell layers throughout
the thickness of the hide, producing deep, vibrant, and durable colors.
It conceals none of the natural characteristics or markings. Look for
the Fiberdye® logo when purchasing quality leather.
Antiqued / Distressed: Common descriptive terms for leather that shows signs of natural aging and wear that have been artificially created.
Leather that is lightly buffed to improve the surface and embossed to
simulate an attractive grain or to add decorative texture.
Enhanced Full Grain: Leather that maintains the natural grain, with embellishments to refine the appearance of the hide.
Full Grain: Leather that has the original, natural grain intact.
Common leather markings include: shading variations, healed scratches,
neck wrinkles, insect bites, barbed wire marks, stretch marks, vein
marks and brands. Although useful in distinguishing real from fake
leathers, and "naked" leathers from pigmented ones, new finishing
techniques make it possible to simulate natural markings.
dyed leather that is buffed to create a soft nap. NOT a true suede,
which is made from the less desirable split hide. Especially vulnerable
to stains, nubucks are often lightly finished for protection.
Patina: A luster or shine that develops with use over time. Usually associated with fine antiques and vintage furniture.
Leather that is finished with a solid pigment coating for consistency
of color and texture. Pigment may be used to cover imperfections, as
well as add protection. Generally used to denote a more promotional
leather. Sometimes called "painted" leather.
full grain, aniline dyed leather that is waxed or oiled. When pulled,
the oils/ waxes cause the color to migrate and become lighter in pulled
areas. A look associated with quality leather.
Pure Aniline: Leather that is aniline dyed and receives no additional coloring. Also called full aniline, naked aniline or naked leather.
Sauvage: A mottled, tone-on-tone effect created by blending similar colors. Used to add depth and character to leather.
Also called aniline-plus or protected aniline. Leather that is aniline
dyed and coated with matching pigment and/or other topical finishes to
even out the color and add protection.
bottom layers of the hide that have been split off from the top layer,
then pigmented or sueded. Splits are generally stiffer and less
durable then leather made from the top layer of the hide.
Top Coat: A transparent, protective coating applied to the leather surface. May also impart luster to the surface.
Top Grain: The uppermost layer of the hide.