Leather Hides UK Ltd
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The History of Leather Page 1
Leather is one of the oldest and most durable products known to man and a natural material that will mellow gracefully with age and
regular use. There is a wide diversity of leathers produced throughout the world and this is amply reflected in the ranges that we
Upholstery hide is the most widely used leather in the UK. We carry a comprehensive collection with a variety of different colours
and textures. Leather is a natural product and skins may vary slightly from skin to skin so patterns and colour samples should be
regarded only as a guide.
Leather is a collective term for all hides and skins which have been tanned. These can come
from any type of animal.
Because it is a by-product of the meat industry most leather is produced from cow, sheep, goat and pigskin.
There are smaller amounts of deerskin and exotic leathers such as crocodile, lizard and the like.
The majority of leather products
are made from cow-hide especially in the upholstery and automotive trade’s as these provide the skin area needed to cut the largest
Sheepskin has a soft handle (touch/feel) and is used predominantly for clothing. Pig skin, is used for clothing especially
in its suede form, and also in the lining of many types of footwear.
The quality of leather is determined mainly by the condition
of the grain/surface.In general, the hides from poorer countries are less well nourished and less well kept and so have more surface
damage such as scars, insect bites and disease marks. Those from richer countries have a better grain quality and are much cleaner
so demanding a higher price.