The leather for our furniture is a natural material that comes from cattle hides. Once the hide has gone through a tanning process and further processing to achieve the correct utilization properties, it is called 'leather'. One characteristic of a hide is that it is marked by nature, vegetation and the care the animal has been subjected to. Cattle spend most of their lives outdoors. Therefore, they will be marked by external influences like insect bites, tears, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, etc.
The following are some of the properties of leather that you should be aware of: Leather is a natural product that is a beautiful and lively material used in furniture making. Each hide is unique in its structure, appearance, nuances and size. Ekornes may use several hides when making your furniture. This, together with the leather’s play of colors and natural marks, makes each piece of furniture unique. In time, the leather will age and develop a patina. It is important that you are aware of one thing: although leather furniture can withstand a lot of wear and tear, its appearance will change over the years.
The following applies to all types of leather used by Ekornes: Hides absorbs dyes differently. Therefore, the leather may have color nuances. These are due to general variances and different fiber structures, which affect the coloring of the hide and how the hide absorbs the dyes during the tanning process.
TOP COLOR AND FLASH SIDE COLOR:
All our leather qualities are deep dyed, but there could always be a deviation between the basic color of the hide (the color of the side that faces the upholstery side of the furniture), and the color of the grain side (the external side), i.e. the color of the outer layer. This is normal. It is possible to use the same basic color for leathers with different top colors. Dyes and dyeing methods may vary between the different leather colors and leather qualities. Therefore, the basic color and the color of the top layer (which forms the wear layer and the final desired color of the finished product) of a given leather quality may differ.
TWO-TONE EFFECT: Some of the leather dyes have a two-tone color effect (shadow/antique effect). Leather dyed with a two-tone effect may change character faster and wear more unevenly than leather with just one color. This applies in particular to areas of the furniture that are exposed to harder wear such as armrests, seat cushions and neck supports.
The top layer protects the leather and simplifies cleaning, but is nonetheless vulnerable to soiling and wear. If the top layer/top color is destroyed, the leather may deteriorate more quickly. Penetrating spills/damage/scratches are normally irreparable and may result in the top color changing character, cracking or peeling off.
Denim clothes and hard textiles such as blue jeans expose the leather to strong wear and may leave color on the leather that is difficult to remove without risking destruction of the top color of the leather. Light leather colors in particular are vulnerable to such color contamination.
All furniture leather sold by Ekornes is resistant to light, but changes in color may occur as a result of use and extensive exposure to light. Consequently, furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight or direct heat from heaters and other heat sources. Leather is vulnerable to exposure to oils from direct contact with human skin (especially the neck and hands).
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:
Remember: leather has a relatively long lifetime but can easily be destroyed by incorrect handling.
NATURAL MARKS: Some of these marks are important because they give the furniture individuality while giving the leather character. Others may mark the appearance and are hidden on the furniture – or not used at all. Ekornes has stringent, fixed rules for the choice and use of leather. Here are the types of natural markings that may be found and where you can find them on the furniture.
Used on surfaces subject to wear and other highly visible parts of the furniture
1.1 Healed scars.
1.2 Fat folds and neck wrinkles.
1.4 Uneven grain.
1.5 Color differences resulting from leather varieties.
1.6 Insect bites.
Used on less visible parts of the furniture
2.1 Salt stains.
2.2 Clusters of healed scars/bites/scratches.
Used on hidden or less visible parts of the furniture
3.1 Fertilizer stains.
3.2 Comb marks.
3.3 Marks caused by mechanical treatment during tanning or production.