What type of leather is best?
My mother is buying a leather sofa. She has her heart set on one at Ethan Allen, but still has to choose the type of leather.
I used to have a "finished" or "protected" leather sofa (the typical painted kind available everywhere). After a couple of years, the color began to wear off in the heavily used areas. I didn't spend a lot of money on the sofa, so maybe a more expensive brand would have fared better - I don't know.
I currently have a pure aniline sofa. The dogs scratch it up, but we've had it a couple years and in my opinion, it looks better than the old one did with the color worn off. On the other hand, I'm worried that I've just been lucky with aniline and if my mother chooses an aniline leather it'll end up getting lots of stains.
So, at the furniture stores, the sales people are trying to push my mother towards semi-aniline. I haven't had any experience with semi-aniline, but from what I've read it's aniline underneath with a lightly painted topcoat. I worry the topcoat would wear off, but maybe if the color underneath was similar, it wouldn't be so bad.
Does anyone have any input or opinions?