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Welcome to Dragonfly Leather

Welcome to Dragonfly Leather

The main purpose of this blog is to become a resource for interior designers, upholsterers and people looking to buy leather.  With most of the materials used by designers or upholsterers there are universal terms or specifications that provide you a fairly good idea as to the way the material will perform.  If someone tells you a material has 100,000 double rubs it is easy to start to make some conclusions about that material.  ASTM or other specification that are standards in fabrics and vinyl are applied to leather in the same way.  There are terms that are meant to describe the different characteristics of leather, but there isn’t a body that enforces that they are used properly.

There are many common terms used to describe leather that in North America, in particular, that no longer describe what they were intend to refer to.  Some misused or misrepresented terms would be things such as “top grain” and “full grain” or the difference between aniline/semi-aniline/pigmented dyes or even the the marketing of bi-cast leather as real leather.  All of these terms are clearly defined in Europe by tannery associations, but for some reason in North America they have been altered.

We encourage people to post questions and stories about experiences they have had with leather.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Dragonfly

 

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Join us on Facebook

In an effort to consolidate things and be able to do all the things we would like to be able to do we have been working on creating a Facebook page to replace this blog. We have just launched the Facebook page and will be transferring over the information on this blog to the Facebook page.

I would like to thank those of you that have been dropping by to check out this blog and I will leave this blog up and will try and add more info to this blog as even if it isn’t updated as regularly as we had planned it still has good information about Leather.

Look forward to seeing you over at our Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dragonfly-Leather/393803987324588

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Incorporating Embossed Leather into your designs

Incorporating Embossed Leather into your designs

Embossing Leather is a great way of adding texture and interest to any project.  With the wide range of different types of Embossed Leather you can really make a bold statement.  A lot of people have started mixing embossed leather with traditional style furniture frames to create beautiful contemporary spins on classic pieces.  There are a few important things to keep in mind though when using embossed hides. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What is Aniline Leather

What is Aniline Leather

There are three main types of dyes used to dye leather: Aniline, Semi-Aniline, and Pigmented.  These three types of dyes have unique characteristics, usages, and finishing options.  The tanning industry in Europe clearly defines all of these different types of dye, but for some reason in North America you will often see these terms misused.  Rather than bombarding you with all three in one post I will break them out and discuss each type of dye on their own.

Aniline is often see as the “best” type of leather you can buy.  Often this is due to the fact that Aniline leather is Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Leather 101, Types of Leather

 

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All Leather is Created Equal….why application is important

All Leather is Created Equal….why application is important

Probably the most important thing when using leather is marrying the right type of leather with the environment, use and application.  Different types of leather are specifically made to not only perform in certain applications or environments, but they are designed to excel in particular conditions, usages and exposure.  Too often people just assume that leather is leather and rather than fitting the type and style of leather to the application they base their leather choice strictly on colour and look. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Leather 101

 

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When fake is better than real….Embossed Leather vs Real Exotics

When fake is better than real….Embossed Leather vs Real Exotics

Leather can be made from a wide range of different types of animals.  Exotic hides, skins and furs have long been a sign of wealth.  The more exotic or rarer the more “prized” or “luxurious” the piece is deemed to be.  Exotics have become more and more of a touchy subject as often the most sought after real hides or animal skins come from endangered species.  Ostrich, Crocodile, Stingray, and Zebra are some of the most popular and classic animal hides or prints used in Interior Design.

There is still a strong market for real hides and most likely there will always be one.  That said there are far more faux or embossed alternatives on the market today that offer designers with not only more socially and environmentally conscious options, but offer you a greater range of flexibility with regards to use and cost. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Types of Leather

 

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Leather Care – Spills, heat and sunlight…

Properly cared for Leather is one of the most durable upholstery materials.  It will excel in a wide range of different applications and will outperform most other materials.  That said if you place your leather in environments or conditions that aren’t appropriate you can greatly effect the durability and performance of you leather.  Even when properly protected there are certain conditions that will have a negative impact on your leather.  Proper care and maintenance will help protect your leather against spills, but even proper care and maintenance won’t help protect your leather against the potential damage that heat and long exposure to direct sunlight can do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Leather Care

 

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Leather Care – General Care and Protection

A lot of people a scared off of leather as they think it is too hard to care for.  Or that vinyl or fabric is better and easier to care for in high traffic or heavy use areas.  The truth is that not only is leather fairly low maintenance it is one of the hardier materials in high traffic, high use areas.  Different types of leather do require specific care, but most of the care and maintenance is the same for all leather.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Leather Care

 

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