Welcome to crestJMTleather for Designers.
The process of shaping an interior space, is as individual as the designer involved
As a professional in your field you will be looking to find the right product to compliment your vision.
From this page you will be able to search our ranges by clicking on either the “search by colour” or “search by range” buttons to the right.
To follow you will find some useful information relating to the use of leather in upholstery applications.
All of our ranges are designed for use in modern upholstery.
Leathers perform differently according to their type.
Below you will please find some basic definitions of the properties of each type of leather.
These may assist you in deciding which leather to choose for your requirements.
These are the most expensive leathers to produce because they are made on the best quality skins and have a very natural velvety soft finish. No pigments are used in finishing these hides and their colour is achieved by using dyes not pigments. Full aniline leathers are more susceptible to absorbing liquids because of their natural porosity. However because none of their pores are blocked with pigment, the leather is more luxurious, it breathes more easily, is more tactile, and cooler and softer to sit on.
This type of leather has been buffed during manufacture, to partially correct its surface of any blemishes and imperfections. Once these are reduced, a surface pigment is then applied to the leather. It is then embossed with an artificial grain print to achieve a uniform colour and look.
Nubuck is actually an aniline leather which has had its grain surface brushed to create a texture similar to velvet. See aniline leathers above. Brushing makes the leather even more absorbent than aniline leathers, and great care should be exercised in using it.
Pull Up or Waxy Leather
This is a type of semi aniline leather (described above) that has had oils and or waxes applied to its finish coat. These types of leather are designed to look "distressed" and will continue to look more used and distressed over time In places of heavy use, the oils or waxes will be pushed away producing lighter areas especially on seat cushions and chair arms. Scars, marks and other imperfections which occur naturally are more observable in this type of leather.It will also scratch easily but scratches can be smoother away by moving the oils and waxes around using the palm of your hand.
A variety of pigmented leather where the surface is covered by a darker topcoat, which can be partially removed (rubbed off) to reveal a lighter contrasting base colour. This effect relies on a very thin top layer, which will have a more limited durability. This leather will be subject to colour change in use and overtime. This type of leather is normally used for traditional furniture such as Chesterfields.
Semi-Aniline leathers have been dyed through, and then have only a thin finishing layer applied to their surface. Scars, marks and other imperfections which occur naturally are more observable in this type of leather. Semi aniline leathers offer a good compromise between the softness and feel of full aniline leather and the protective benefits of finished surface leather. By dyeing the leather through before the final top coating is applied, an even colour is achieved with only a thin layer of finish coating. The leather therefore feels much softer and more tactile than corrected varieties as described below.
These definitions are by no means exhaustive but give an over view of the different leather types.
As a natural product, leather will often display traces of its past such as brand marks, scars, growth lines, veins, and areas of differing fibre density and hair pore structure. These hallmarks in no way detract from its natural beauty. As a general rule the more corrected the hide and the more pigmented its finish coat, the less these natural marks show through.
Please bear in mind as you view our ranges that colour rendition will vary on electronic screens depending on screen size and resolution etc. Additionally leathers that are two or three tones in shade may not show up as clearly. Please feel free to request samples to confirm your on line choices.