Learn About Leather

Aniline - A leather dyed with pure aniline dyes rather than pigments. This transparent dye completely pentrates the hide with color, allowing the natural grain to show through while protecting the surface.

Aniline dye - Translucent dyes which do not camoflauge marks, but color the hide and bring out the natural character of the leather, much like a stain on wood.

Aniline plus - Leather that has been aniline dyed and finished with a clear topcoat to ensure more protection against spills and stains. Also known as semi-aniline.

Antiquing - A method of aging the appearance of a hide by the application of a darker color over a lighter color, creating dramatic highlights.

Buffing - A mechanical process that reduces the appearance of surface blemishes from leather hides. Leather that is not buffed is called "full grain" because the natural grain retains its markings and characteristics.

Bycast - A split leather with a polyurethane protective coating. Like splits bycast leather is inferior as it lacks the natural characteristics, elasticity and durability of top grain leather.

Corrected grain - Leather on which the outer surface of the grain has been slightly removed by sanding. It is usually embossed with an artificial grain.

Cowhide - The entire animal hide, which averages 45-50 square feet.

Crust - Leather that has been tanned, dyed and dried, but not finished.

Drum dyed - A dyeing process in which leather is immersed in dye and tumbled in a rotating drum, ensuring maximum dye penetration.