Calligaris Upholstery - Leather
Calligaris uses leather which comes from the finest part of the European ox skin, cut in different thicknesses depending on the requests and then tanned. The external finish is obtained by using water based colours. Because they use natural leather, there may be characteristics such as; differences in texture and colour, as colour may not take to every part of the leather in the same way, scars and marks. These are not seen as faults as they're markings that are unavoidable in a natural product. The best thing about leather is that it will age and gain character over time, becoming unique to you. To look after leather sofas we always suggest using a damp, clean cloth to wipe away any dust or crumbs. A more stubborn stain we suggest no strong chemicals such as bleach as you could damage the leather. Buying a leather care kit is always a great idea as it will provide you with the necessary cleaning products. Unfortunately all leather even when treated is prone to fading. This is less noticeable on lighter colours, however we do suggest keeping the leather - if in direct sunlight - covered up when not in use as this will slow down the fading process greatly. We also suggest keeping your leather 30 cm away from any heat source as this will dry out the leather and it can start to crack and peel. There are two kinds of upholstery leather available at Calligaris - Espirit and Emotion. ESPIRIT Calligaris' Espirit natural leather is a top grain leather that is 1 mm thick and has a corrected surface. With a corrected surface, natural characteristics may still be noticeable, however, the top grain leather has a decorative grain pattern embossed into its surface which gives a consistent appearance. Because it is a corrected surface, the Espirit leather is a more durable leather that can be wiped clean many times without any damage. This does not mean however, that it is not prone to fading or cracking if in direct sunlight or next to a heat source for a long period of time. The Espirit leather comes in a variety of gorgeous earthy colours for you to choose from. My personal favorite is the rich olive green which looks amazing on any sofa or armchair. EMOTION Calligaris' Emotion leather is fully natural without any corrected surface. This means the leather is softer than the Espirit and characteristics of leather can show through. The leather is 1.2-1.4 mm thick and is more durable in terms of wear and tear. This leather can also be wiped down with a damp, clean cloth although I would recommend a leather care kit with a cream to maintain the moisture and a cleaner that won't damage natural leather. These kits can be easily purchased online. Natural leather will age over time and become more unique, more so on the most used areas i.e. seat cushions and armrests. The Emotion leather comes in a variety of different colours from whites and neutrals to bold pinks and teals.