Italian Hide Palmellato ‘Siena’

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A traditionally made, fully vegetable tanned quarter cow hide. The hides are sourced in Scandinavia, then tanned, dyed and finished in Tuscany, Italy.

Palmellato literally translates as grained from Italian to English. It is a traditional Italian leather finish used for luxury products. The process involves drumming the leather by hand, using a special process of boarding where the leather is rolled back and forth with a wooden rolling pin, a natural striped ridged effect then begins to naturally form.

After being drum dyed to a burnt siena red, absolutely no other finishes are applied to the top of this leather so it has a beautiful untouched natural satin surface. Natural marks, such as fat wrinkles and scars can often be found in the skins creating beautiful patterns and impressions. This leather is able to build great character with time, looking better as it ages. Although this leather is dark in colour it will build a depth with a wonderfully rich and patina over time.

This is a leather that can be chosen if you a looking for a distressed, old leather or vintage look as although this is new, the characteristics of old and vintage leather genuinely build naturally with time and use, rather than emulating a look.

Due to the beautiful rolled ridged patterns this leather is forgiving of noticeable marks left on the surface, although it is good to bear in mind as this is a very natural product and scratches and contact with oil and grease will be noticeable. We can supply natural beeswax and citronella leather cream which with applications can ‘melt’ and blur marks into each other if needed. Regularly applying this leather cream also ensures the longevity of your leather pieces, keeping them soft and supple for many years.

This leather has no stretch, and is suited to upholstery of simple shapes and smooth panels, such as dining room chairs and seat panels. Due to this leathers stiffer handle, we advise deep buttoning and complicated shapes must only be attempted by the most capable upholsterers.

Panel Size Information

These cow hide leather pieces are cut from the butt of the hide as this section provides beautifully even-textured leather. When new, faint shave lines from the underside of the leather can sometimes be visible across the panels. With time and use these naturally fade away, and we often find that the handling of the leather by your upholsterer is enough for these lines to mellow and fade away.

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Details

  • Name: Italian Hide Palmellato
  • Colour: Siena
  • Animal: Cow
  • Thickness: 1.0 to 1.2mm
  • Minimum order: 1 piece
  • Pieces range from: 8 to 12 sq ft
  • Average piece size: 10 sq ft