If you read our Types of Leather article, you’ll notice that we spoke of three aniline leathers. We had covered aniline and semi-aniline leather in a previous article, but we did not speak about protected aniline leather. What’s the difference between the aniline leathers and protected leathers?
Protected aniline leather, sometimes referred to as pigmented leather, is a top grain leather that is dyed for color and then receives pigment to ensure color consistency. It is the most durable leather and is used in the majority of furniture upholstery as well as almost all car upholstery. This durability is provided by the polymer surface coating which contains the pigment. However, because of this coating, its appearance is less natural than regular aniline or semi-aniline and has a more consistent color.
The coating allows the manufacturer more control over the properties of the leather, like providing maximum resistance to wear, scuffing, fading, soling, etc. Protected aniline leathers are also easy to maintain as a result. Whereas we would advise against aniline or semi-aniline leather for families with a lot of children children or pets, protected aniline leather may work better and last longer.
It all comes down to your home and your needs and we at Signature Leather are here to help you find the leather furniture that’s best for you.