For even the most discerning of buyers it’s easy to become confused by clever sales terminology. Faced with a dizzying array of terms used to describe the various types and grades of ‘real leather’ available when shopping for leather sofas or other upholstered seating you might be forgiven for thinking that the only real difference is in the price. However, the quality of the original hides and the processes used in producing leather can have a massive effect on their appearance, longevity and the level of comfort they can afford. One such example of this is ‘Corrected Grain Leather’.
Full grain corrected grain leather is produced using hides which, although they are perfectly sound, may have blemishes and natural markings that may not quite meet the high standards of visual appeal necessary for their use as Full Aniline Leather. The line between those hides which are selected for premium leather and those which may require additional processing to become corrected grain leather is a matter of judgement from expert tanners – Indeed, whilst Aniline leathers are prized for showing some imperfections too many blemishes are seen as undesirable. However, this does not mean that corrected leathers are unsuitable or of any lesser durability – in fact, corrected leathers are held in great esteem for their consistent colouration and ultra hard wearing finish. For those seeking a lower priced (but still genuine) alternative to the more exclusively priced premium leather sofas, corrected leathers are an attractive option.
In order to render the original hide suitable for use the imperfect surface grain is ‘corrected’ by means of artificially stamping or embossing the leather to simulate the natural grain before the material is further treated with pigments, dyes and finishing coats to enhance its visual appeal – hence the term ‘corrected grain leather’. A benefit to this is the ability to provide a wider range of textures and appearances than ‘pure leather’, enabling customers to choose a sofa or armchair which fits in perfectly with either a contemporary or traditional setting.
Whilst the artificial coatings applied can make the corrected grain leather a little less flexible than the top-grade Aniline leather this is often more than an acceptable trade-off in terms of price vs. longevity. Corrected grain leathers can be treated to be highly stain resistant, with the smooth, glossy surface and embossed grain being able to be easily wiped clean in the event on an unfortunate spill – an ideal solution for consumers who need a sofa which can deal with the everyday accidents which tend to go hand in hand with a young family.
For discerning customers who are looking for high quality, real leather seating corrected grain leathers represent excellent value for money, a wonderful choice of finishes and superb durability.