Wednesday, 06 July 2022 07:52

How To Know And Protect Your Leather Type

A good quality leather piece will last a lifetime. Bags, boots, jackets, or wallets look stunning when crafted with animal skin and are tough as nails, too.

While leather is tough, we must keep in mind that it is still only skin - without proper care, it can dry, crack, stain and warp over time. Depending on the type of leather, your piece will show varying levels of resistance and strengths against sunlight, stains, scratches, etc. - let's take a closer look at African Leather's genuine leather types.


Semi-aniline Leather:

Semi-aniline leather is made with a semi-aniline dye that contains just a tiny dose of pigment. This means the leather will have a more uniform coloring than full aniline leather. In addition, semi-aniline leather still maintains the natural markings present in the leather while adding a slim defensive layer which makes it the recommended leather type for areas with direct sunlight or heavy wear and tear.

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Full Grain Aniline Leather:

Full Grain Aniline Leather is a very high-quality leather type. It is made from the top part of the hide dyed using only soluble dyes. To make full aniline leather, the animal's hide is positioned in a large drum that contains the aniline dyes. Aniline dye is a particular type of dye with no pigment or coloring. This means that the dye preserves the natural grain, marking, scars, and wrinkles in the hide without coloring it. In addition, during this process, the leather does not usually obtain a uniform color because the hide absorbs the dye at different rates. Even though there is no pigment in the dye, the oils that the aniline is mixed with still change the color slightly. This leather is not recommended for a room with direct sunlight.

Full Grain Analine Leather


Oil Pull-up Leather:

This leather has been stained in a drum, but the oil and wax have been mixed with extra pigmentation and applied on top. This gives this leather type a beautiful aging effect over time in the form of color variation. However, something notable to consider is that this leather is the most minor color resistant of all types of leather and is not recommended if the furniture will be exposed to direct sunlight or heavy wear and tear.

Pull up oil leather


Corrected Grain Leather:

Corrected grain leather has a more refined look, the imperfections (natural grain) were removed, and even more grain was imprinted on the skin with a warm press. The color is more uniform but has lost its realistic look. This leather is most appropriate for office furniture or restaurants and couches.

corrected grain leather


Timberland / Zambezi Buffed Range / Bombardier Beta Brown:

The Timberland / Zambezi Buffed range and Beta Brown must be maintained with care as this is very similar to Suede. As opposed to other leather types, you can't treat it with leather balm or polish -but you can use a sealant to protect it from liquid spills. This leather will age over time, and the natural oil in your skin will change the color, but this is a sought-after natural look.

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Naku Range:

Our Naku is a Kudu skin imitation. It is a bovine / cow leather with a Kudu skin look. This leather has beautiful natural character marks and scratches.

naku leather



We hope this guide provides a deeper understanding of the specifications of each type of skin we stock at African Leather, and the care that each needs. We stock a variety of high-quality leather materials that we distribute throughout South Africa. Speak to one of our knowledgeable sales agents that will be able to help you with your project.