The history of leather is quite interesting and dates back further into history than most people realize. The earliest known artifact of leather dates at 40,000 B.C. while the most abundant evidence of leather craftsmanship dates to around 10,000 B.C. during the upper Paleolithic era.
Leather as clothing provided early man with protection and shelter from the elements. As a utility it enabled man to store and transport goods as well as being used as a covering for shelter in some cases. Leather used for arrow quivers and containers for storage was among early uses.
In time, other materials for clothing became available and leather moved into a category of armor and bridles for horses before being used for fine furniture.
The earliest known examples of leather for furniture are in leather chairs used within the early dynastic period (3100-2686 B.C.) in Egypt. These chairs were constructed with frames carved with the images in ebony, ivory or carved and gilded wood, utilizing cloth or leather for upholstery.
In Greece, a couch or kline is among the first known leather couch in recorded history, and dates back as far as the late 7th century B.C.
Over time, leather furniture craftsmanship advanced, becoming primarily a luxury for the wealthy elite of nobles and royalty.
The Chesterfield Style Leather Sofa is one of the most well-known styles that remain popular today with its distinct deeply buttoned, quilted leather upholstery and lower seat base utilizing premier leather.
Also known as a tufted leather sofa, the Chesterfield is believed to have been first commissioned by the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773) in the 1700's.
Modern leather furniture today is a luxury within the means of almost anyone's budget. The modern science of leather tanning and availability of leather hides enables fine leather furniture to be available to all who desire it without breaking the bank. Today, leather furniture remains something of a status symbol, primarily due to the reputation of genuine leather to be soft, comfortable to far outlast and maintain its beauty than any typical fabric upholstered furniture. Leather furniture ages gracefully and lasts for decades with only a minimum of care and maintenance.
The large selection of styles available for modern leather furniture and options for customizing ensures that leather furniture can provide the style that suits an individual's personal taste. The premium leathers of the Leather Sofa Company utilize the process of aniline dying available in a multitude of colors. This process provides leather that is dyed completely throughout the leather resulting in luxurious long lasting color.
The Leather Sofa Company provides an extensive selection of aniline dyed colors and finishes using hand selected premium leathers providing you with the distinct advantage of obtaining the leather furniture customized to your selection and crafted by master craftsmen. Let us assist you in making your home a warm, welcoming place with finely crafted, soft and comfortable leather furniture.
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