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An Insider's Guide to Maiden Home Leather

03/28/2019

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We’ve seen leather become one of our customer’s favorite styles, perfect for a variety of spaces from luxe mountain lodges to sleek mid-century homes. But we understand that choosing leather, perhaps for the first time, can feel a bit daunting - so we’re taking you behind the scenes on our leather assortment, how to select the best material for your home, and the ins-and-outs of owning leather furniture.

First, a primer in high-end leather

Our leather partner, Moore & Giles, has been in the leather industry since the Great Depression. It has since become a leader in sustainable leather production with a global network of ranchers and tanneries. These leather producers - largely small and family-run - offer some of the best leathers in the industry. Their time-honored techniques lend themselves to hides that not only look and feel amazing, but also stand the test of time - after all, they’ve been producing hides the same way for centuries.

We’ve taken great care to hand-select a curated assortment of just the right tried and true shades to compliment your home. Our two collections of leather, Tuscan and Pebbled Leather, offer two distinct style and durability profiles - and while we love both equally, read on to learn more about what sets them apart.  

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Selecting the best leather for your home

When thinking about what kind of leather you’d like to upholster your furniture with, there are two main considerations: Aesthetic and function.

Are you looking for a more classic look? A waxed, Full Grain leather like Maiden Home’s Tuscan Leather is a great choice. Full Grain indicates that the hide hasn’t been shaved down, meaning that the top-most layers of will showcase the natural character of the hide. Full Grain leather is considered one of the most durable materials on the market because it retains the toughest fibers of the hide - making it an incredibly long-lasting option for upholstered furniture. Marks like scratches, stretch marks, or bites will lightly adorn the hide, showcasing the natural qualities of the material. Since the leather is stretched during the upholstery process (especially for tight-backed styles like The Carmine or Ludlow collections), there will be variation in the tone of Full Grain leather on more taut areas of your sofa like the back or arms. In order to get a sense for the range, press your finger onto the back of your leather swatch and pull down, revealing the shades that may appear on your sofa.

Those seeking a sleeker, more uniform color will find that a Semi-Aniline Top Grain leather, like Pebbled Leather, will lend a modern look to their home. Top grain leather has an ultra-soft, supple hand and because it’s lightly treated, the natural markings that one can expect from Full Grain leather won’t be visible. If you’re concerned about pets or kids scratching your piece, Pebbled leather offers a highly durable, matte texture that will disguise everyday wear and tear beautifully.

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Caring for your leather furniture

Leather furniture is naturally stain resistant and among the most durable options one can choose for their home, making it perfect for high-traffic areas like the living room. Leather has been known to last nearly three times as long as fabric upholstery, making it well worth the investment for handmade furniture. While you should avoid placing your leather furniture in direct sunlight, dusting with a dry cloth periodically is typically all that’s needed to care for leather furniture.

Leathers treated with a wax finish (like our Tuscan Leather) will show scratches fairly easily, this is actually a hallmark of quality Top Grain leather! Not to worry though, these scratches are easily buffed out by applying light heat and rubbing the wax back into place.

Our leather pieces develop a beautiful patina that only get better with age - fulfilling our mission to deliver furniture that will stand the test of time.

Want to feel the quality of some of our most popular leathers in the comfort of your own home? Click here for a curated kit of our 5 best-selling leathers - delivered free to your doorstep.

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