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Leather: Yes? No? Absolutely!

Leather...there are few upholstery materials as evocative as leather. Maybe someone in your family had a huge, tufted desk chair, the leather cracked and worn but so soft. Or maybe your first big purchase was a leather sofa; you loved it so much...until your puppy found it and chewed the cushions.

Love it or hate it, leather is one of the most popular and enduring upholstery materials. Today's vinyls and recycled (or bonded) leathers are closer than ever to the real thing: they have the look of leather, are extremely durable, and are easy to work with. But, if you want that leather smell and that leather patina, only the real thing - a cow's hide - will do!

Tips for working with leather
Just as no two cows are identical, no two hides are exactly the same size. Hides have naturally occurring holes, scratches, and scars, but that is part of leather's allure. No fabric or man made product will patina or age quite like leather. Leather comes in a variety of finishes and can mi…

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