Leathers offered by Classic Leather are all top-grain.
During the tanning process each hide is separated into sections. The top section (top-grain) is the most valuable part of the hide, with exceptional strength and durability. The sections underneath are not suitable for leather upholstery and often are referred to as “splits”, meaning they are split from the top-grain section.
Classic Leather never uses splits on any part of our upholstered furniture.
Before the tanning process the hides are separated into different categories based on the amount of abrasion, scars, brands and other natural markings.
The best hides are used to produce full aniline leather, which on average is only about three percent. Hides with minor imperfections are used to produce semi-aniline (natural) leather. Hides with more imperfections are used to produce corrected grain leather.
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