Whether you want to increase the value of your property, attract customers, or highlight an exceptional architectural feature in your home, choosing the right leather tiles will add something extraordinary to your space.
The big question is, which type of leather is best?
You’ll need to consider a few key factors, and you may already be overwhelmed.
You probably have several questions, like:
- Which type of leather has the best quality?
- How long will it last?
- Does the tanning method make a difference?
I’m going to help you sort through what you need to know. You’ll discover why real leather is your best investment and how to choose the right type for your project.
Even if you’re unsure today, you’ll be able to choose your ideal material more confidently and efficiently by the end of this article.
Leather: Not Just for Cool Jackets
Why should you invest in leather wall tiles?
You should invest in leather wall tiles because, when it comes to both beauty and strength of material, leather will give you your money’s worth and more for a lifetime.
When properly maintained, which doesn’t require much effort, leather tiles have been known to last several decades. In fact, it’s one of the only materials that most people agree looks even better with age.
And as most people who’ve worked with leather know, it is a fascinating material in its own right. Just like wool felt and other natural materials making their comeback in the architecture and design industry, leather offers the artist in us a wealth of possibilities to explore.
It also meets standard building requirements with inherent flame retardancy and excellent acoustic absorption.
Of course, that’s if we’re talking about real leather, which we almost always recommend.
If You Opt for Real Leather, Always Go with Full Grain
There’s a common misconception that top grain equals top quality. Top grain actually refers to the process of sanding away the natural grain from the top surface of the leather and replacing it with a more uniform imitation grain.
This means top grain is not only less durable than full grain but it also contains less authentic leather, and that’s not going to give you the level of quality and durability you need for wall tiles.
Plus, you’re not going to get the same unique texture and skin variation with top grain because it’s been buffed away and replaced with a man-made surface.
Your best option for most projects is the best quality leather that uses the best quality hides, and that’s full grain.
At Blackstock, we offer two exceptional lines of the highest-quality leather.
Option 1: Silk Road
Made from premium natural full grain leather and the traditional vegetable tanning process, the Silk Road collection is a luxurious and environmentally-conscious choice for a stunning wall installation.
Silk Road is thick and dense enough to make it suitable for both wall and floor coverings. It also ages gracefully, developing a rich patina that’s unique to your lifestyle. No two wall tiles will be identical.
Option 2: Tapestry
The Tapestry collection is the most versatile line at Blackstock – there are over 100 standard colors to choose from and 20 standard sizes. Tapestry stands up to humidity fluctuations, which makes it great for seasonal climates.
Like Silk Road, these leathers are only made from natural full grain leather, and use water-based dyes to enhance the material’s natural variations.
Which Leather Tile is Right for You?
By now you’ve learned some of the benefits of investing in leather, how to identify the highest-quality leather, and what options are out there for wall tiles.
There are really no right or wrong answers when it comes to what’s best for your interior, but we hope this article has dispelled some of the misconceptions of what leather is capable of bringing to the industry.
Wall tiling doesn’t have to be hard and rigid. In fact, it can be warm and luxurious, and even allow you to explore architectural innovations beyond what ceramics can handle. The choice is up to you.
If you need help on using leather tiles in your project, please contact us.