The History of Leather Furniture

Leather is one of humankind’s earliest and most useful discoveries. Long ago, in ancient times, when resources were scarce, people learned how to make use of every material that was available, and this included animal hides. There were no plastics and metal was hard to find and mine. Glass and pottery were acceptable for some uses, but not for things like clothing, shelter, and upholstery.

Leather Furniture begins Its Journey into Homes

Leather eventually evolved from a common, everyday material into a luxury for wealthy nobles and royalty. While it is difficult to know exactly when leather began its journey as upholstery, the first documented use of leather for furniture are leather chairs dating from 3100–2686 B.C., the early dynastic period in Egypt. In Greece, the first leather couch in recorded history dates as far back as the late 7th century B.C.

Leather Upholstery Hits the Big Time

During the middle ages, leather upholstery’s durability and imperviousness to absorbing food odors made it a popular choice for covering dining chairs. By the 14th century, the tanning process had improved and become a popular trade. The craftsmanship improved to point where the nobility and wealthy were demanding high-quality leather furniture.

Modern Leather Furniture Comes in All Styles and Colors

Years ago, leather furniture meant oversized, traditional styling. Strong colors such as oxblood, burgundy, rust, burnt orange, walnut, and burgundy ruled the day. Turquoise, navy, and blackberry were also popular. Leather furniture usually had glazed, shiny finishes. Tufted wingback chairs, traditional chesterfields, double-busted pub sofas, and traditional saddle-arm sofas claimed the majority of leather furniture styles.

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