Ekornes® off ers four categories of leather, in a selection of beautiful colours. Batick Cori Paloma Royalin BATICK is a corrected, pigment-improved and grain-embossed upholstery leather, which has had most of its natural marks removed. Batick may have a two-tone colour effect to liven up the surface. Batick is resistant to fading, although changes in colour will occur over time due to use and exposure to light. A protective layer of lacquer simplifies cleaning. Simple cleaning, excellent utilisation properties and a favourable price make Batick a good choice. CORI is a corrected, pigment-improved and grain-embossed upholstery leather. Cori is somewhat thicker, and has a larger pebbled grain, than Batick. Most of its natural marks are removed. Also, some of the Cori colours have a two-tone colour effect to liven up the surface. A protective layer of lacquer simplifies cleaning. Cori is a wise choice if you want leather with excellent utilisation properties and a robust structure. PALOMA is a slightly corrected leather with a combination of dyes and pigments that smoothes down some of the structure (the grain pattern) of the leather. The grain structure in Paloma may, however, vary a little at some parts of the furniture and also minor colour nuances may appear in the leather. Natural marks, scars and insect bites are natural and will appear in Paloma. A thin coat of lacquer gives Paloma some protection and simplifies cleaning, but Paloma does not have the same heavy-duty quality and protection as Batick and Cori. Due to its soft, natural and comfortable expression, Paloma is a very popular choice. ROYALIN is the most exclusive of Ekornes’s leather types, but also the most vulnerable. Royalin is a type of leather with natural pebbled grain and structure, and may have minor colour nuances and some natural marks. This is characteristic for a natural material such as Royalin. A very light surface treatment provides a certain protection, but Royalin absorbs moisture easily and is extra vulnerable to wear and tear, heat, sunlight, spills and perspiration. This requires greater care in use and more vulnerability to influence from direct contact with human skin (especially from neck/hair and hands). Royalin has the softness and rich warm glow that characterise first-class furniture leather. Variances, including grain pattern and colour, are an inherent feature within Royalin leather and are a natural mark of high quality. Ekornes® upholstery leather Ekornes is one of Europe’s largest consumers of leather. We purchase the leather from selected tanneries all over the world. Our own inspectors take part in the leather selection, which is conducted in accordance with international norms for quality determination. The experience we have gained from this work is for your benefit when you buy Stressless® or Ekornes® leather furniture. Our leather is manufactured according to current laws, guidelines and recommendations relating to their utilisation properties, and for the use and content of chemicals and other substances. We are cooperating with recognised international institutions in this line of business, to ensure that we are updated at all times with events relating to health, safety and the environment. The leather for our furniture is a natural material that comes from cattle hides When the hide has gone through a tanning process and further processing to achieve the correct utilisation properties, it is called leather. One characteristic of hide is that it is marked by nature, vegetation and the care the animal has been subjected to. Cattle spend most of their lives outdoors, and will therefore be marked by external influences like insect bites, tears, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, etc. The following are some of the properties of leather that you should be aware of Leather is a natural product and is a beautiful and lively material used in furniture-making. Each hide is unique in its structure, appearance, nuance and size. Ekornes may use several hides when making your furniture. This, together with the leather’s play of colours and natural marks, makes each piece of furniture unique. In time, the leather will age and gain patina. It is important that you are aware of one thing: although leather furniture can withstand a lot of wear and tear, its appearance will change with the years. The following applies to all types of leather used by Ekornes: Hide absorbs dyes differently, and therefore the leather may have colour nuances. These are due to dissimilarities and different fibre structures, which affect the colouring of the hide and how the hide absorbs the dyes during the tanning process. All our leather qualities are deep-dyed, but there could always be a deviation between the basic colour of the hide (the colour of the side that faces the upholstery side of the furniture), and the colour of the grain side (the external side): i.e. the colour of the outer layer. This is normal. It is possible to use the same basic colour for leathers with different top colours. Dyes and dyeing methods may vary between the different leather colours and leather qualities. Therefore, the basic colour and the colour of the top layer (which forms the wear layer and the final desired colour of the finished product) of a given leather quality may differ. Some of the leather dyes have a two-tone colour effect (shadow/antique effect). Leather dyed with a two-tone effect may change character faster and wear more unevenly than leather with just one colour. This applies in particular to areas of the furniture that are exposed to harder wear such as armrests, seat cushions and neck supports. The top layer protects the leather and simplifies cleaning, but is nonetheless vulnerable to soiling and wear. If the top layer/top colour is destroyed, the leather may deteriorate faster. Penetrating spills/damage/scratches are normally irreparable and may result in the top colour changing character, cracking or peeling off. Denim clothes and hard textiles, such as dungaree jeans, expose the leather to strong wear and may leave colour on the leather which is difficult to remove, without risking destruction of the top colour of the leather. Light leather colours in particular are vulnerable to such colour contamination. All furniture leather sold by Ekornes is resistant to light, but changes in colour may occur as a result of use and extensive exposure to light. Consequently, furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight or direct heat from heaters and other sources of heat. Leather is vulnerable to exposure to oils from direct contact with human skin (especially of the neck and hands). Remember: leather has a relatively long life-time, but can easily be destroyed by incorrect handling.
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