Leather used in Barcelona Chair and all Furniture

Brief Introduction About Leather We use in the production

Leather is a crucial part for the qualified Barcelona style furniture as well as many other types of furniture. Thus we keep the leather quality as high as possible within the price range that customers want or accept.
Generally speaking, we usually use 5 types of leather in our production of Barcelona Chairs and related furniture.
1. PU leather
2. Top Grain Leather
3. Italian Leather
4. Aniline Leather
5. Pony Skin Leather & Cowhide Leather

1. PU leather

Many customers have been misled by some middle sellers who try to defame us by using PU leather so some innocent people will buy their overpriced products.
In their sayings, PU leather is a fake leather, with stinks, and Barcelona Chairs and all the furniture made of PU leather offered from us are totally inferior products.
But what is the Truth about PU leather?
Click here to know the specific technical details of PU leather that we use on the necessary parts of Barcelona Chair cushions and other furniture

2. Top Grain Cattle Leather

Top Grain Cattle Leather is processed from the First Layer of the natural skin of Cattle, it has the natural poles if you look closely at them, which you can not find in the synthetic leather.
Top Grain Cattle Leather is one of the Real Leather, and actually is the best of the Genuine Leather before further being processed with more cost to be Italian Leather or Aniline Leather.

Cattle leather vs Buffalo leather
Though the two above are all called Real Calf Leather,it is well known in the Leather Industry that the Cattle Leather is much better and more expensive than Buffalo Leather.
The Real Calf leather made from cattle is with full and dense grains in the surface and well-stacked, it is stronger in the intensity and tenacity, better in the elasticity, and feels much softer compared to buffalo leather.
Cattle leather can stay glossy and intact through a long time, while the buffalo leather, although it has the same natural poles as cattle leather, it is with less density and elasticity, and easy to break in the usage
Cattle leather is more expensive than buffalo leather due to its better quality. But it is very hard for normal customers to tell when the leather is new, as they are quite similar from the outside. Only after usage of some time, the distinctions can be shown.
Thus in the market, many sellers use buffalo leather to substitute cattle leather, and still claims to be real calf leather or even "Italian Leather".
For many middle sellers, you don't need to ask him about whether their offer is cattle leather or buffalo leather, as he is even unable to tell by the seller himself if he is not the factory provider.

First layer vs Second layer
The natural skin of calf or buffalo can be divided into two layers when it is crosscut in the process.
The first layer leather is the upper layer with grains and intensive fibers, sometimes even with wrinkles and imprints as it is natural. It is usually the total piece of the leather when our factory buys it from the leather shop or factory for production.
The second layer leather is the lower layer leather with loose and sloppy fiber, which must be processed together with chemicals such as polytene, adhesion agent, tectoria technique of PVC or PU and spray paintings. And it can not be sold as a whole piece.
The easiest way to tell first layer leather from the second one is, the first layer leather is able to have wrinkles, while second layer leather is not.
Sometimes we would hear from customers saying that the cushions have wrinkles or imprint when she unpacked. This is very normal. Most of the wrinkles or imprints can be recovered after a time as the leather is breathing and bounced. Ony the cushions made of second layer real leather or synthetic leather, you can never find wrinkles or imprints on it.
As for the price, First layer leather is almost twice higher in the cost than the second layer leather. Some sellers use the second layer leather to reduces the cost to half, but after 6-12 months the surface of the leather is falling off and the cushions are worn.

3. Italian Leather

Italian Leather is a calf leather produced in Italy and Europe, and needs to be imported into China. Italian leather has the great reputation in the worldwide industry due to its high quality and highly developed process techniques.
Compared with the normal calf leather, it is with higher density grains and very very soft when you touch it. It has a natural gloss on the surface of the leather which makes the whole furniture even more elegant.
Recently with the process techniques highly rised in China, many leather factories import from Italian the raw materials and process it into finished leather in China, in this way, the cost of Italian leather is reduced much while the quality is mostly the same with the originally processed ones.
Under this circumstances and with rising quantity of orders, we directly order Italian leather from the leather factory now and upgrade our products from normal real calf leather to Italian leather.

4. Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is the leather second-processed from top quality real calf leather (first layer and cattle leather), by using a soluble topcoat paint or insoluble pigments to dye it but without covering the surface. Thus this leather is with a very unique gloss and color, but different from other synthetic leather, you can see the natural pores, grains there.
Aniline leather is the most expensive leather and the net cost of a piece of aniline leather is nearly 10 times of the normal real calf leather.
Due to its high cost, aniline leather is not so popular with the market. In our factory non-bulk orders (not buying at container quantity as wholesale), as the direct manufacturer, we offer it around $1000-$1500. The genuine aniline leather chair offered by branded reseller is sold around $5000. In the market, many middleman sellers put a tag of aniline leather on the chair and sell it around $1000, which is actually made of fake aniline leather.
For more details, please click Compare Italian Leather and Aniline Leather.

5. Pony Skin Leather & Cowhide Leather

Cowhide leather is the natural skin and hair of cow. Pony skin leather is the natural skin and hair of pony. After the process, the two is more like each other in the surface grain and structure, but usually cowhide leather is with the color of white and black while pony skin leather is white and gray.
Cowhide and pony skin leather is as expensive as aniline leather, due to its complicated process and high quality and elegance.
There is no color swatch for cowhide or pony skin leather, because none of the two can be with the same grains or lines or same pattern. In another word, each cowhide or pony skin leather is unique.
But you can click here to see all the pictures of the Ponyskin leather or Cowhide leather we used to make with.
Sometimes, customers will require the leather to be more white than black or more gray than white, in this situation, we will take the pictures of each piece of leather and you can choose from them, then we use it to produce. This step can be only done after your payment, because only with the order confirmed, we can choose the cowhide and pony skin leather, and buy from the leather supplier in the quickest manner in case the one is bought by others and no substitutes any more.