Leather is produced by the tanning and finishing of hides and skins which are a by-product of mainly domestic animals. Due to the large panels necessary for the production of leather upholstery, it is cow hide that is preferred in the vast majority of cases. Every hide has its own unique signature and if examined carefully will show its own history from its grazing habits to the climate in which it was raised. Theseso-called defects give leather its character and though will not be obvious in the main seating areas will sometimes appear peripherally.
Leather will last a lifetime if treated with respect and properly cared for.
For minor spills it is enough to use a cloth dampened sparingly with washing up liquid. For tougher stains you may need a dedicated cleaner.
A leather feeder should be applied regularly, as the natural oils will dissipate over time and will need replenishing every few months.
We highly recommend you use a professional leather care kit which will contain both a cleaner and a feeder, the one we like can be found here https://leathermasteruk.com/product-category/care-kits/
Contempo standard range:
Made on Brazilian hides. This corrected grain leather offers durability, a soft hand feel and good stain resistance.
Perfect for all types of upholstery, including residential, office and the hospitality sector.
Made from high quality European hides. This vibrant range has been produced with a pigmented topcoat and embossed with an attractive grain print to enhance its character. Providing outstanding durability and stain resistance, this multipurpose leather is suitable for all types of upholstery including heavy duty applications.
Rub Off is a semi-aniline leather with a rub off finish, produced on European hides. It has a traditional topcoat, a darker colour, which can be rubbed off to reveal a lighter underlayer. This unique leather allows the base colour to show through creating an antique look with a uniform finish when sealed.
Selvaggio is a superb, natural leather. It is lightly buffed and carefully brushed with special oils and waxes to give a soft buttery feel. This leather lends itself to all types of upholstery.
Vele is a semi-aniline leather contemporary range that has been developed in conjunction with leading design experts to reflect current colour trends. Hides offer excellent durability and light fastness making this leather very easy to maintain and extremely durable.
Old English is an aniline finished, lightly buffed pull up type leather giving a warm and aged look. This is achieved by tanning with a special blend of oils and waxes, giving it its distinctive crackled and distressed finish. This superb, ever popular leather really highlights the hand-crafted nature of upholstery with its instant. And proven heritage appeal.
Cambridge is a two-tone textured leather with a soft smooth handle. A subtle contrast in tone is visible by applying a slightly dark topcoat to the grain tips which enhances its character. It is the perfect choice for all types of upholstery.
A Few Salient Points About Leather
Leather will mellow gracefully with age and regular use, being enhanced by the natural oils from your hands.
Don’t wait until your children are grown to enjoy the luxuries of leather. Leather is far easier to clean than most fabrics and with a little care will last for many years. For a family with young children we would recommend regular leathers rather than those with an aniline finish.
Leather is constantly adjusting to its environment, so it will not become hot and sticky in the summer, nor cold in the winter. Leather will breathe and ventilate, allowing it to adapt to its environment. We welcome all enquiries. Get in touch.