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List of most Major Leather Brands and where they rank as far as quality in the
industry.

Using more than 24 years in the leather furniture industry on a manufacturer and retail level we
compiled a list to help you understand more about leather brands. Every one wants to tell you
they make the best furniture so at times it can get confusing.We tried to be objective as possible
and rank these brands on 6 different factors.These are strictly our opinions. We carry many of
these products and are not biased, they all have a place in the market. Most every manufacturer
feels they make the best product, but realistically they fall into a certain category as compared to
their peers. Many factors come into play here (climate,amount of use, size and weight of user,
children, application ie:residential or commercial etc.) as durability and lifespan are dictated .
Warranties are not always indicative to a quality product, some manufacturers over warranty than
fall short on servicing . It is generally recognized that solid hardwoods for framing, springs of coil
shape, and heavy innersprings cushions will provide longer use and comfort than products built
with lesser specifications. Always purchase the best that is in your budget and you should enjoy
many years of use from your leather upholstery. 1 being poor , 10 being excellent.

    1.   Quality and thickness of framing materials used .
    2.   Seating and Back Suspension.
    3.   Quality of Leather hides used.
    4.   Quality of upholstery detail.
    5.   Responsiveness of Warranty issues.
    6.   Price to Value relationship.

                           1=POOR , 5=AVERAGE , 10=EXCELLENT.
                           Brands we carry ++

        Brand                    Frame Leather Upholstery Detail Warranty Price/Value
Ashley/Millenium ++              5     5       5                 7        6
American Leather                 6         7          8                   7            6
Benchcraft/HarrisScott ++ 5                6          5                   8            6
Berkline ++                      5         6          5                   8            6
Bradington-Young ++              9         9-10       9                   8            8
Bernhardt                        8         8          8                   8            7
Barcolounger                     6         6-7        7                   7            7
Coja Leather ++                  9         9          9                   8            8
Classic Leather ++               10        9-10       10                  6            6
Chateau d Aux                    4         6          6                   5            5
Collezione-Divani ++             8         8          9                   5            8
Distinction ++                   9         8-9        8                   6            6
Elite                            6         8-9        8                   7            6
Flexsteel ++                     6         8-9        7                   7            6
Franklin                       4         5           5                       5           5
Henredon                       5         6           6                       6           6
Hancock Moore                  10        9           10                      9           6
Klaussner-Sealy                5         6-7         5                       7           7
Legacy International ++        8         8           7                       5           7
La-Z-Boy                       4         5           5                       5           5
Leathercraft                   10        9-10        10                      9           6
Leather Trend                  5         6           6                       6           6
Lane                           4         5           5                       5           5
Mitchell Gold                  5         7           6                       6           4
Natuzzi                        4         4-5         6                       5           4
Most Italian imports           4         5           8                       4           4
Palliser Integrity ++          5         5           6                       9           7
Palliser ++                    6         6-7         6                       9           8
Palliser Horizons ++           7         7           7                       9           9
Roche Bobois                   4         9           10                      8           3
Sherrill                       9         8-9         8                       8           7
Thomasville                    6         6-7         7                       6           6
Viewpoint                      5         6-7         6                       6           6


                          The Language Of Leather
                                     Full or Pure Aniline
     the finest leather available,always made from premium -quality, full-top grain hides(the suface of
                                   the hide has not been mechanically altered)
                          the softest, most luxurious and natural looking leather
      more likely to fade and stain, will feature noticable range marks, barbed wire scars, wrinkles,
                                              scratches and brands.
     unretouched, resulting in subtle color and shading differences from hide to hide and even within
                                                  the same hide.
                          generally more expensive than other types of leather.
                                       top 5% of world hide supply

                                           Semi Aniline
                               high quality. high value, always top grain
                                soft and beautiful;durable and practical
                      often coated with clear sealant to enhance stain resistance.
                      slightly more uniform in color and texture than full aniline.
                        fewer noticeable range marks because of top finishing.
                             generally less expensive than full aniline leather.
                                 falls into top 10% of world hide supply.

                                          Nubuck Leather
                high quality,top grain leather buffed or sanded to a velvety, sueded like nap.
 more likely to fade or stain, will feature noticable range marks and barbed wire scratches,wrinkles,healed
                                                scars,manure burns.
  usual the softest of leathers, more durable than a true suede that is produced from the lower quality split
                                                     of leather.
                                   falls into top 10-15% of world hide supply

                                        Pigmented Leather
                                      least likely to fade or stain.
       opaque dyes and pigments create uniform coloration that minimize natural marks and scars.
                           excellent durability with minimal maintenance.
                             falls into top 20-30% of world hide supply

				
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