Corrected leather is a leather that is made from the top of the hide, where the outermost grain layer has been removed. This is done to remove marks, insects bites, barbed wire scratches and other blemishes. The hide is sanded or buffed before a protective coating applied and an artificial grain embossed into the surface. This type of leather is the most uniform in pattern and colour throughout. It has a less natural look than aniline or semi-aniline, but in return has great resistance to spills and scratches and is quite low maintenance compared to other types of leather.
Aniline leather is a premium leather type. Pure aniline is treated with transparent, soluble dyes, retaining the hide’s natural surface so that all the animal’s pores, scars, and marks remain visible. It is the most authentic and luxurious leather you can buy. Soft and supple to the touch it has a rustic textured look, each hide unique like a fingerprint. Over time Aniline leathers develop the rich patina that leather lovers treasure. Unlike most things – it only gets better with age. However, patina can be a pro or con – depending on what you are after. The hides minimal coating makes it more susceptible to stains and scratches and usually needs more care.
Semi-aniline leather is produced the same way as pure aniline leather but has a thicker protective coating compared to aniline. This protects the leather and offers colour uniformity, while still allowing its natural characteristics to show through. Semi-aniline leather is less cold in winter, less sticky in summer and more resistant to stains and scratches. This makes it more user-friendly than pure aniline more suitable for households with pets and children.
Nubuck is leather created out of the top grain of the hide. The top surface is sanded and buffed to create a napped surface. It is luxuriously velvety smooth to the touch. Nubuck receives a liquid repellant additive during the tanning process, making it less susceptible marks from spills than aniline leather.