When Is Your Leather Naked And Other Interesting Facts?

Cowhide is the most common skin used to produce leather garments and can be treated with protective finishes such as waterproofing or acrylic paints which sometimes leads to a shiny finish called Patent Leather. Without such treatment we refer to the material as naked cowhide. Since cowhide is the thickest kind of hide to begin with, a full range of thicknesses are available from 12 ounces (3/16 inch) to 1 ounce (1/64 inch). 

Even The Emperor's Clothes Were Cool

This history of leather conveys just how fascinated people were regarding the many uses of leather. Leather transcends time and class. It has been used by ancient empires, Victorian England and working class people.

Many civilizations, including Ancient Greece and Rome continued to explore many uses for leather. Goatskins were used to make maps, and hand-stitched pigskins were filled to carry drinking water. 

The Moors settling in Spain and Portugal introduced decorated leather to the regions. The wall hangings of Cordoba enjoyed international renown. In the 15th century, Spanish leather was used to cover walls and floors and to upholster armchairs and sofas. 

In England, during the 16th century, leather entered a romantic period during the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. In the pubs, people drank out of handmade leather mugs, and leather hats and tunics became popular. 

In the 17th century leather wallpaper became fashionable in artistically progressive cities such as Florence and Venice, Italy. The Dutch instructed workmen in the installation of embossed leather as wall covering. 

Victorian England and the rest of Europe were more interested in ornamentation of leather unrelated to any practical function. 
The North American Plains Indians used leather for their tepees, coats and footwear.Beaded leather moccasins were worn and all great warriors had fantastic clothes decorated with beads or fringe. Leather was also used for saddles and chaps, holsters and harnesses.
Leather continues to be popular in modern society taking a role in furniture, car interior upholstery, clothing, handbags and footwear to name a few products commonly constructed of the durable material. 
Some leather clothing is represented by a certain weight or thickness, but what exactly is 3 1/2 oz. naked cowhide? And why is leather weight an important consideration when making a jacket or other leather clothing purchase? 

The material  used in  manufacturing a leather garment  is available in weights. You will notice in some of  our product descriptions  a notation about leather  weight. The weight of leather is  determined by  the number of ounces that one square foot of material weighs. For example, if a square foot of leather weighs three ounces, it is called 3-ounce leather. It would also be approximately one-eighth of an inch thick. The stated weight loosely translates to a particular thickness of leather. Higher weights means thicker leather. 
A Fairly Easy Guide To Leather Settees

By : Sara Jones    
Submitted 19/01/2011

Leather sofas are synonymous with luxury and top quality in any house. They also have an innate ability to lend a touch of class to any room. But just before purchasing a leather sofa there are many points that require considering. Here's a look at some critical points to maintain in thoughts.

Types of sofas

Gone are the days when your alternatives in several types and colours of leather were highly restricted. Instead, these days you could have a wide range of selections within the range of sofas, from sectionals (corner suites) and recliners to leather sofa beds in sizes up to queen. You could also opt for the conventional straight, one piece sofa with a chair or two.

A sectional leather sofa is far more versatile than one that's one piece. For houses which are restricted in space, it is often split plus the sections placed in different rooms. Or, a section could possibly be placed against each wall of the room, spreading them out and giving a distinctive type of room decor.

The comfort of reclining furniture is no longer restricted to just chairs-you can now buy sofas that recline at the same time. They're available in various lengths and types, with each and every seat in a position to recline individually. There are actually even some that have arm rests in between the seats which is usually built up from a few seats to as many as you would like. Of course you can also find leather reclining chairs too; they basically aren't the only option.

Leather sofa beds come in twin, full and queen. The bed portion of the sofa folds like a camping cot into the body, and when closed they look just like a standard piece of furniture with no obvious indicators of it becoming a sleeper. These are great as a guest standby.

Types of leather

The kind of leather which you select for the sofa will have a large effect on the good quality, cost and longevity of one's furniture. Natural, top grain leather will be the hardest wearing and most cost effective in the long run, and thus it is also probably the most high priced leather you'll discover. Top grain may be the outer most part of the hide and as would be expected is the strongest. It keeps looking wonderful for years and years.

The next layer of the hide is used to create split leather sofas. This leather could possibly be treated in such a way as to make it appear as excellent as top grain, however, although quite strong it will never be as strong. Still, leather furniture can last for thirty years or more with proper care and upkeep. Most important of all, damage is often repairable.

During the Roman  Empire,  Caesar's troops sailed across the seas, their ships capturing the wind in sails made of leather. Leather has been in widespread use since its first introduction in 3000 BC by the Egyptians.
They are credited for discovering leather as an excellent material for use in battle and household furniture. It was utilized for tents and weapon carriers as well as body armor.  As early as 4000 years ago, Egyptian women prized leather for fashion. Trading parties found the hunters of the Nile Valley willing to trade their panther and leopard hides for beads and fabrics. Small barges transported the hides hundreds of miles upriver to the waiting designers of the Egyptian fashion world.
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