Premium Italian Full and Top Grain Leather
Rawhide only uses premium Italian full and top grain leathers throughout the entire piece of furniture. Corrected, distressed and pull up leathers are all available in a variety of grains and colors. With over 500 leather colors to choose from we can find a leather that fits your lifestyle.
Our leathers and fabrics are hand cut by experienced cutters using our own custom made patterns. Our thread is a 9 twist nylon thread sewn on computerized sewing machines by our sewers with over 25 years of experience. Customers are able to choose between a French stitch, double stitch, Italian contrast satin stitch or fleng stitch. Our stitch is available in a complementary or contrast colors at no additional charge.
3 colours available
Echo Place/Monte Blanc/Newsome
68 colours available
14 colours available
When choosing leather, consider that it is a natural material, all of nature's beauty will be incorporated into your next custom piece of furniture.
Healed scratches are reflective of the steer's lifelong encounters. The new healed skin is as strong as the remainder of the hide. It is normal to use scars and areas of rough grain on the outside backs and arms.
Neck and shoulder creases appear as elongated furrows. Wrinkles naturally occur in a hide as a result of the neck stretching and contracting. Skin located on the neck of a steer is full and loose. This enables the steer to have the flexibility it needs to move its head while grazing.
Stretch marks appear in cowhides for the same reasons they do in humans. The process of calving requires the stretching of the skin to accommodate the new calf. Nothing could be more natural.
Growth marks and veins are an indication of the age of the animal. They range from often quite pronounced marks in the neck area to subtle bands across the hide perpendicular to the backbone.
Caring for your Leather
The qualities of leather, created by nature and preserved by the tanner, are superior to those of any manmade synthetic material. To maintain the investment and ensure years of comfort, consistent maintenance will increase the life of the furniture for many years.
Just like a pair of jeans that look and feel better when they are broken in, leather furniture looks better with age. Blemishes such as scratches are part of the aging process that will eventually produce a desirable patina.
- Some soaps can leave behind a soap scum or residue. Some treatments darken leather, creating greasy spots that will encourage mold and mildew problems.
- Never rub or scrub spots.
- All leather treatments, cleaners or conditioners should be tested in an inconspicuous spot on the furniture, in order to make sure there are no adverse chemical reactions.
Is leather hot?
Leather is constantly adjusting to its environment. It is cool to the initial touch but will adjust to your body temperature within 20-30 seconds. Your furniture will not be hot & sticky.
Will leather fade?
Yes. Direct exposure to ultra violet sun rays will cause fading and/or discolouration.
How long will leather last?
Leather pieces have been known to be passed down a generation after 20-30 years of use. Consistent maintenance will increase the life of your furniture for many years.
How strong is leather?
Leather is the strongest upholstery material available.
How child-friendly is leather?
Leather is great for children of all ages. It is easy to care for and can take the day to day use from your family.
Can you mix leather with fabric?
Yes. Place the seating so that the furniture covered in leather will get the most use. Leather will not show the day-to-day wear that fabric will.
Can leather be repaired if scratched of torn?
Yes. Other than the chance of scratches we seldom receive calls about leather being torn or ripped. If it does there are companies that specialize in these repairs.
Will leather soften after years of use?
Yes, but only slightly.
Can leather be cleaned?
Yes. Most Leathers (example: protected) can be cleaned with a mild soapy solution and water. Unprotected Leathers (example: pure aniline) require special handling. Leather care products are recommended for their protection and cleaning. (Use a professional Leather Cleaning Service.)