Is this couch leather?

a-simple-questionAugust 28, 2013

Hi. I am looking at this used Chateau D'ax couch and I can't figure out whether it's made of genuine leather. It looks and feels like leather, but pic of the label says it's polyester. What I can't figure out is if the label refers to the surface fabric of the couch or to the filling. PLEASE ADVISE!

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Here;s a pic of the couch itself.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 12:55PM
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This law label only refers what is inside the sofa, in other words the soft filling.
Leather has a suede backside.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 5:31PM
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Chateau D'Ax is leather, but I don't think it is high quality leather. Some of it may be bicast leather which is split hide that is essentially painted/embossed with a top coat that has polyurethane in it. It is an animal hide underneath, but heavily processed. You are not allowed to call this leather in some countries.

Or it could be corrected grain leather, which is inferior hides that are sanded and embossed and dyed.

It's not a full grain (the highest quality),

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 10:00PM
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A new full-sized Chateau D'Ax sofa at Raymour and Flannigan sells for $1100. One of them says Bicast in the description, the other says 100% leather. But they are the same price.

If it is indeed Bicast leather, yes in the US it is leather, in Canada it is "leather and polyurethane" and in some countries, no, it isn't leather.

Depending on how much they are asking and how well it seems to be holding up for it's age, when you examine it, it still could be a reasonable purchase.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 10:13PM
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