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Identify Your Leather Type
Leather falls into three main categories;
Aniline Leather 1) Aniline Leather - The surface finish is transparent. You can see the grain structure through the finish. It is like looking through a coloured lens. Lightly scratch the surface and if it scratches to a lighter colour, and the surface is smooth, the leather is aniline leather
Protected Leather 2) Protected Leather - The surface finish is not transparent. The leather surface is covered with a blend of opaque pigments which are bound in a resinous material. This is the most common leather type. The surface will not scratch to reveal a lighter colour.
Nubuck Leather 3) Nubuck Leather - The surface looks like very fine velvet. Move your hand lightly over the surface and if the colour changes (much the same way as your carpet changes colour when you vacuum) the leather is nubuck. If the surface has a course velvet structure, the leather type is suede.

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