During the dyeing stage, the various natural leather hides receive their first exposure to colour. They are soaked in aniline dye, a translucent, coloured dye that permeates the hide to bring out its natural markings, much like stain on wood.
The cell structure of each hide determines how the dye is absorbed. Loose areas of skin for instance, typically accept more dye and appear darker. There are color variations within each hide, and from hide to hide. Leather’s natural markings and color variations are part of its natural, individual beauty. These subtle shading variations confirm the quality of the leather.
That depends on your definition of “quality.” Traditionally, full aniline has been regarded as the highest quality leather due to its soft hand and natural beauty. It’s the most expensive due to the rarity of the hides. However, families may prefer Aniline Plus leathers. Aniline Plus retains the soft feel of full aniline, but has additional stain resistant properties. They are the best choice of leathers for high-energy households where accidents are common.
Firstly, pure aniline is leather that receives its only color from translucent aniline dyes. No opaque pigments have been used to color the leather. Generally, this term means the most natural and therefore most expensive leathers.
Pure aniline leathers are the most soft to the touch, and have been processed the least. These natural leather hides boast the highest quality.
Our aniline plus leathers are a good choice for families who are tough on furniture. They have been finished with a topcoat that boosts stain-resistance properties. However, if you have your heart set on pure aniline, it is appropriate for families too. Just understand the characteristics of this leather — it will gain a patina from use as the stains become absorbed into the leather