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How can you tell if a sofa is real leather?

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How can you tell if a sofa is real leather?
To tell if a sofa is real leather, run your hand along the upholstery. With real leather, you're likely to feel an uneven or bumpy underlayer due to the natural characteristics of the material. By comparison, man-made leather will usually feel perfectly smooth. The appearance of the leather can also be a giveaway. Natural leather will usually show off variations in its grain, while faux leather will typically have a regular repeated pattern. If you're still uncertain after completing an inspection yourself, consult a certified appraiser or experienced furniture dealer for assistance. Explore a large selection of leather sofas on 1stDibs.
1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
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amazing no.26 florence knoll huge 245cm! sofa
Located in Munich, DE
wonderful and all original florence knoll leather sofa. very unusual big size and in very good condition for it´s age.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Leather 3-seater sofa Coronado by Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia, Italy ca. 1960
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Italy / 1960 / 3-seater sofa / Coronado / Tobia Scarpa / B&B Italia / leather / mid-century / vintage / Italian design This extremely comfortable Coronado three-seater sofa was des...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Cini Boeri for Knoll ‘Gradual’ Modular Set in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Knoll, 'Gradual' elements, black leather, fiberglass, Italy, 1971. This stunning black modular set was designed by Cini Boeri for Knoll. The frame of the elements is ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Ammannati & Giampiero for Rossi di Albizzate 'Grandangolo' Seating Elements
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tittina Ammannati and Vitelli Giampiero for Rossi di Albizzate, 'Grandangolo' pair of seating elements, Italy, design 1969 A pair of wide and seamlessly curved modular sofa elements...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Leather

De Sede DS-600 'Snake' Sectional Sofa in Patinated Dark Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, ‘Snake’ DS-600, leather, felt, Switzerland, 1972. A design by Ueli Berger, Elenora Peduzzi-Riva, Heinz Ulrich and Klaus Vogt for De Sede, Switzerland. This De Sede modular ...
Category

Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Leather, Felt

Organic Modern Twins Curved Sofa, Italian Leather, Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Twins Sofa, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, The Twins curved sofa and day bed shar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

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