If you are like millions of others who are in the market for new furniture this year, you may be wondering which is the better choice, something with real leather or faux leather. Well, it always helps to educate ourselves a little on the origin and current market of any product before settling on a decision to invest by making a purchase.
History of Real Leather
Real leather dates way back to the earliest times of man. It has been used throughout history for everything from a covering for the seats of chariots all the way up to sufficing as a roof to keep the rain off either temporarily, or in some cases, permanently. In ancient times many people also used leather as outerwear to keep warm and dry in winter months. In most cases, the hides of animals were put to use as a by-product and not the main reason for the kill.
Historically, animals were raised primarily for food and dairy just like they are today. The hides were put to good use to be sure none of the animals were wasted. In our modern day, approximately half of all leather is used for the production of footwear. Another 25 percent is used in the manufacturing of clothing. And about 15 percent is put toward upholstery including use in automobiles, interior decorating, and home or office furniture.
Real Leather vs. Faux Leather
For some, there is a large controversy of strong beliefs against using real leather due to the possibility of cruel treatment in how the animals were cared for. Not only that, but many of the advocates against the cruel and unethical treatment of animals claim that the leather industry is closely tied to the meat industry. Whichever material is chosen, knowing details about how the material was produced and brought to market brings a sense of satisfaction to some.
Recognizing the Difference
When purchasing anything leather one of the first things to learn is how to examine the material to be sure if it is real or fake. One way to do this is to closely examine the pores. Real leather will have an inconsistent and sporadic pattern of pores on the material indicating it is the real deal. Faux leather will have a consistent and evenly spaced pattern of artificial pores throughout the material.
Faux leather will stretch much farther than real leather. Real leather is quite limited as to how far it can be stretched. Another way to tell faux leather from real leather is to smell the item. Real leather has a distinct smell that synthetic materials lack. Once you become acquainted with the smell of real leather it is not easy to forget.
Real Leather Rules
Real leather is often preferred by most people. The look, feel, and smell of real leather defines a sense of luxury and importance in our culture. Because every hide is different, no two items made from real leather are exactly the same, which gives a sense of uniqueness and individualism to each item. Real leather is also very easy to maintain, needing only a damp cloth to wipe it clean should it become dirty or have anything spilled on it. A variety of leather care products also exist to keep leather furniture looking new.
Advantages of Faux Leather
While not worth as much money, there are several advantages of faux leather. One of the biggest advantages is that no animals or animal products are involved in the manufacturing of faux leather. For many who are firmly against harming animals in any way, this is a big plus. Another advantage of faux leather is that it has an even and constant pattern and color throughout the product. It can also be dyed into a variety of different colors and shades.
Whichever material you decide upon, having the appearance of leather furniture is certain to leave an unforgettable impression of luxury and comfort on any and all guests who come to visit. If you would like more information about faux and real leather furniture, or would like to view a showroom, visit Amish Oak in Texas at either of our New Braunfels, TX, or San Antonio, TX locations.