Fine Italian Full Grain Lambskin Leather Hides For Sale
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NEGMA Leather, Inc. is especially well-known for our fine and highly fashionable full grain Italian lambskin leather hides. Having our own tannery in Italy enables us to monitor each step of the leather tanning & manufacturing process, to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of high quality Lambskin Leather Hides in various colors and size. Similar to human skin, the skin of each lamb or sheep is different and may have imperfections and blemishes such as insect bites, scrapes or barbed wire scars. Tanning the leather masks some of these blemishes and other processes may also alter the original texture. After completing the tanning process, leather can be “finished” in a variety of ways – it can be antiqued, buffed, dyed, embossed, waterproofed, etc. In our San Diego location, we stock more than 200 colors of leather and carry several different types of finishing – smooth lambskin leather hide, aniline and semi-aniline and vegetable tanned. We also offer embossed and perforated leathers as well as prints and foils.
Main Types Of Fine Lambskin Leather Hides
In general, Lambskin Leather is sold in three types:
1. Full-Grain Leather Hides or Top-Grain Leather Hides
This refers to the upper section of a hide that contains the epidermis, or skin, layer. It refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed or snuffed (otherwise known as “corrected”) in order to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. Only the hair has been removed from the skin. The grain remains in its natural state and will have the best fiber strength and greater durability.
- The natural grain also has natural breathability, resulting in greater comfort for clothing.
- The natural Full-Grain surface will wear better than other leather. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a natural “patina” and grow more beautiful over time.
- The finest leather furniture and footwear are made from Full-Grain leather.
For these reasons only the best raw hides are used in order to create Full-Grain or Top-Grain leather. Full grain leathers are usually available in two finish types: aniline and semi-aniline.
2. Corrected-grain Leather Hides
This is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The hides used to create corrected leather do not meet the standards for use in creating vegetable-tanned or aniline leather. The imperfections are corrected or sanded off and an artificial grain impressed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes. Most corrected-grain leather is used to make pigmented leather as the solid pigment helps hide the corrections or imperfections. Corrected grain leathers can mainly be bought as two finish types: semi-aniline and pigmented.
3. Split Leather Hides
This is leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the raw hide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting operation, the top grain and drop split are separated. The drop split can be further split (thickness allowing) into a middle split and a flesh split. In very thick hides, the middle split can be separated into multiple layers until the thickness prevents further splitting. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain (bycast leather). Splits are also used to create suede. The strongest suedes are usually made from grain splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the flesh split that has been shaved to the correct thickness. Suede is “fuzzy” on both sides. Manufacturers use a variety of techniques to make suede from full-grain. A reversed suede is a grained leather that has been designed into the leather article with the grain facing away from the visible surface. It is not considered to be a true form of suede.
Fine Lambskin Leather Hides
lambskin leather hide comes in two varieties – smooth and shearling. Lambskin leather hide is the skin of a lamb. Sheepskin is the skin of an adult ewe. Smooth lambskin is fine-grained, finished leather. Shearling lambskin is the proper name for what many of us think of as “sheepskin”. Shearling lambskin is the skin of lamb or sheep that is tanned with the wool still attached to the skin. We carefully select the best sheepskins with a high quality of wool. Check out our wide variety of lambskin hides available today.
Our lambskins average 5 to 7 feet and the sheepskins average 7 to 9 feet. The hides and skins are of mid-Eastern origin and all of them are tanned and beautifully finished in Italy.