The number of factors involved in ensuring you’re purchasing a quality product can be overwhelming when buying leather. These include the leather types, thicknesses, weights, grades, cuts, and more. Knowledge of these factors is precious if you want to find your perfect leather.
So, before you jump into your next project, let’s help you find an exceptional piece of leather.
In recent years, zebra skins have exploded in popularity. Worldwide, this animal skin has taken people by storm, buying them for the sheer beauty and value they display. In addition, these skins can be used for various decorating purposes, including furniture pieces and rugs, and bring a bit of safari into any room.
The only guarantee for survival zebras has in the wild is outrunning their predators, sometimes only escaping by the skin of their teeth. These close encounters and skirmishes the animal endured in its lifetime are visible on the skin, giving each skin its own story. Zebra skins take pride in their imperfections; we call these marks the grade.
Secondly, you should ensure you purchase your zebra skins from a licensed and trusted source. This license provides the safety of mind that you are not buying skins of endangered zebra species and that the skins were obtained fairly and legally.
We believe that cow skins are the ideal choice to decorate any room. Our cow skins are kept in their natural state, which means the hair is left on them, resulting in a soft, smooth feel. As a result, they bring a luxurious look to any space.
As previously mentioned with zebra skins, every cow skin also holds its own set of unique characteristics, with different colours, shades, and patterns. So, purchasing a cow skin, you’re guaranteed to own a one-of-a-kind piece nobody can replicate.
Cow skins are also hypoallergenic. They are 100% natural – no synthetic materials and chemicals can irritate your skin and nose. Also, unlike synthetic materials, cow skin does not catch and trap dust and pollen. This makes cow skins a great choice to use as furniture if you struggle with any related allergies.
Cow skins offer unparalleled durability, like a quality pair of crafted leather boots that can withstand walking on miles of treacherous terrain. In addition, cow skin rugs can take a beating after beating without losing their magic.
Our locally sourced cow skins are among the best quality you’ll find anywhere, as proven by our hundreds of satisfied customers. But, of course, you shouldn’t just take our word for it – here’s what you need to look out for to ensure you’re buying premium quality cow skin:
Bunch and smell
Taking the skin and bunching it up in your hand is an excellent quick quality test. If the skin is any good, it will immediately dissipate any wrinkles caused by bunching. However, if the wrinkles stay even after you let go, you are not purchasing good-quality cow skin.
When you’re thinking of buying a skin, don’t be afraid to give it a good sniff. The smell of good leather is unmistakable, without a trace of chemicals or other synthetic odours.
The term “springbok” means so much more than a national rugby team to us. It means high-quality, beautiful skin with a stunning all-natural pattern.
Springbok skins are unique, coming in several unconventionally beautiful colours, including Purple, Lime, and Pink. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, the muted brown and black colours will scratch that itch.
Like zebra skins, the springbok skin’s grade plays a significant role in how they will look:
- Grade A: Allows for one or two minimal defects in the prime areas of the hide and three to four marks in non-prime areas.
- Grade B: Allows three to four defects in the prime areas of the hide, as well as small holes in non-prime areas.
- Grade C: Allows for moderate damage and colour variation.
With this blog, you now have everything you need to pick your perfect leather. The possibilities are endless!
If you found a leather or skin that you like the sound of, or have any other questions, contact us! We’re always happy to help.