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How to choose

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing leather quality:

How often will the furniture be used?
Will the furniture be used every day and for many hours per day?  Is it placed in front of the TV? Will it be your favorite chair for reading? Will it only be used when you have guests?

Household information
Do you have children or pets that might use the furniture? Or only adults who will remove stains and spills immediately?

Placement of the furniture
Will your furniture be placed near heat sources or in direct sunlight?

Personal factors
Body oils and perspiration, use of medicines and cosmetic products can over time break down the protective layer of the leather.

Time willing to spend on maintenance

Look and feel
Which look and feel do you want your furniture to have? Leather samples are available at your local Stressless dealer.

Stressless® leather qualities



is a corrected, pigment improved and grain embossed upholstery leather, which has had most of its natural marks removed. Batick may have a two-tone colour effect to liven up the surface. Batick is resistant to fading, although changes in colour will occur over time due to use and exposure to light. A protective layer of lacquer simplifies cleaning. Simple cleaning, excellent utilisation properties and a favourable price make Batick a good choice.


is a corrected, pigment improved and grain embossed upholstery leather. Cori has a substantial body and a distinct pebbled grain. Most of its natural marks are removed. Cori has a tip-shine which adds depth and character to the surface. Some colours have two-tone/ tone on tone-effect. A protective layer of lacquer simplifies cleaning. Cori is a wise choice if you want leather with excellent utilisation properties, a robust structure and an exclusive look.


is a slightly corrected leather with a combination of dyes and pigments that smooths down some of the structure (the grain pattern) of the leather. The grain structure in Paloma may however vary a little at some parts of the furniture and also minor colour nuances may appear in the leather. Natural marks, scars and insect bites are natural and will appear in Paloma. A thin coat of lacquer gives Paloma some protection and simplifies cleaning, but Paloma does not have the same heavy duty quality and protection as Batick and Cori. Due to its soft, natural and comfortable expression, Paloma is a very popular choice.


is the most exclusive leather quality offered by Ekornes. It is a full grain semi-aniline, which means that it is dyed all the way through and has only a thin protective topcoat. This allows the leather to keep the natural softness and lustre that characterises a first-class furniture leather. A natural material like Noblesse retains its original grain and structure. Minor colour nuances and skin blemishes may also occur. Such individual details could lead to slight variations in different parts of the furniture cover. Although the topcoat provides a measure of protection, Noblesse is the most delicate of the leather qualities that Ekornes uses. It absorbs moisture easily, and is more vulnerable to wear and tear, heat, sunlight, spills and perspiration. Regular maintenance is important to keep its attractive appearance.

The leather qualities offered for Stressless furniture are developed for Ekornes in cooperation with our suppliers.  Not all of them can be placed in one of the categories. The illustration below shows how our qualities can be classified on the scale from Pigmented to Aniline leather.

Leather types, qualities and characteristics
Woman in Stressless Rome recliner

Good to know about leather furniture

We offer many types of leather – from the most exclusive and delicate to the more robust quality. Learn more about leather and how it wears and tears.

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