About Our Leather

Why Karlsson Leather?

The leather we use is produced in tanneries awarded the Leather Working Group Gold certifications. LWG is a protocol that audits the tanning process in terms of energy and water use, waste management and the use of pre-approved chemicals in the tanning processes.As specialists in genuine leather upholstery since the year 2007 we have a strong and experienced sourcing capability. We offer leather in various shades and finishes that are processed exclusively for us by certified tanneries.

Isn’t Leather hot in Summer and cold in Winter?

The high quality genuine leather upholstery that we offer adapts to the temperature in the room, and your body on it ensuring comfort.

Will leather crack or peel in time?

Unless it is mechanical damage, good quality genuine leather will not crack or peel easily over time with normal usage. Although it is among the most durable upholstery materials known to man, the performance will depend on the usage but it will outlast any other upholstery material.

Should I be concerned if my new leather sofas have some small lines or blemishes on the surface?

Markings such as scars, insect bites, wrinkles, veining are natural characteristics of genuine leather. Leather from our aniline range will show more natural markings, such as insect bites, scars and stretch marks, as well as minor colour variations. These colour variations can occur within the same hide in Aniline finish leathers. This is an indication of the authenticity of the leather, and should not be considered a defect. Actually, it should be treated as a 'mark' of true, high quality leather.

Is it true that cattle are not specially bred for their skin?

Leather is actually a by-product of the diary and meat industry. The largest consumer of leather is the shoe industry. Only about ten to fifteen percent of the world's hide production is used for furniture.

Will my pet dog or cat claws damage the leather?

Remember no upholstery is pet proof and we must take some care to avoid mechanical damage like this.

Why is one type of leather more expensive than the other?

Grading of leather is based on several factors like the selection of raw material & finishing process. These are the broad categories of leather types we offer.

1) Our natural milled leathers offer a soft feel and durability. The process retains the original surface of the leather and only a very mild buffing or sanding is carried out during the tanning process. This is a high performance dyed through natural milled nappa that retains the luxury feel without compromising performance.

2) Aniline Leathers are full grain leather but processed with less pigment. This leather is treated with waxes for some types of finishes for a vintage look. Hence they are sensitive to dirt, will age and form its own patina with passage of time.

3) Top grain leather - Embossed grain leathers are less expensive to produce because the raw material selection is lower and defects are covered by adequate sanding and buffing at the tanning process. However these leathers are less sensitive to dirt, have a higher performance level than aniline is and easier to maintain.

Why does the price of leather sofas vary?

There are many other factors that affect pricing including: type of leather, dimension, style, type of legs, bases and stitching details. We spend a great deal of effort to make sure your sofa is aesthetically pleasing from every angle without compromising ergonomics.

How many different types of leather can I choose from?

We import a wide range of European leathers for you to choose from. And we will also advise you on the choice of the most suituable leather based on your requirement.

Is Karlsson leather tested to international upholstery standards.

Yes. Our leathers are tested to and meet all European standards for upholstery by our European vendors.