Leather Collection

A generous assortment distinguishes the Molteni&C leather collection; 7 types of leather plus one vegetable leather, to cover the different requirements of design and taste, subdivided into 4 categories, to satisfy the market in terms of price and aesthetic characteristics, effectively covering the whole demand.

Constant research and an attentive selection of materials and production processes with Europe’s best tanneries, as well as direct contacts with the breeders/suppliers of the various hides, place Molteni&C at the forefront of avant-garde leathers for furnishings. A wide range of colours, resulting from the best dyes, and finishing processes, that can guarantee extreme resistance to light and to scratches, or provide a delicately silky feel.

The different areas where the animals are bred and therefore the different climates and living environments have a great influence on the quality of the hides.

Leather Collection


1 | Aniline and semi-aniline: They are appreciated for their soft, natural and breathable qualities. They are aniline-dyed. If no finishing is added, the leather is defined as pure aniline; otherwise, if a veil of aniline is added, it is known as semianiline.

2 | Nubuk: These are leathers characterized by a velvety touch and smooth nap. They are the among the finest on the market because they have to be carefully selected from raw hides to ensure they are defect-free.

3 | Full grain: These are leathers in which the grain has not been touched up, but processing is completed by spraying on a pigment that manages to cover part of any small superficial defects.

4 | Corrected grain: Is subdivided into half grain and sandpaper leather. HALF GRAIN is the grain slightly removed by a sanding machine. SANDPAPER is the grain completely removed

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Category P

Grinding work, chrome tanning, aniline dyes, glossy grain, silky feel and natural effect | 18 colors

The carefully chosen leather is treated with a light grinding process on the surface after which it is tanned (with chrome) and coloured (with analine dye); All the treatments help to preserve leather’s exceptional natural characteristics, including certain anomalies due to the free range raising of the animals, such as scars, slight grazing, insect bites etc. These anomalies are visible proof of a natural product. After dying the hide are finished with treatments which increase their resistance to light and to grazing. The leather of this category is characterized by a glossy grain, obtained by the use of waxes in the finishing process, slightly in relief, for a very soft hand and a silky touch.

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Category L

Grinding operations, chrome tanning, aniline dyes, hand buffered and natural effect | 13 colors

The hides are carefully selected and then the tanning process begins (chrome tanning). The dyeing phases – in which the leathers are conditioned with high quality grease, retanned and aniline dyed – give softness and consistency to the final pieces. When the hides dry, they are slightly buffed to uniform the skin surface. All treatments tend to preserve the exceptional natural characteristics of the leather, including certain blemishes caused by life in the herd such as scars, slight abrasions, insect bites, etc. These slight defects are tangible evidence of the delicate processes which the leather has been subjected to, and they constitute a guarantee of the "naturalness" of the product.

Smooth flower, chrome tanning, aniline dyes, great naturalness | 45 colors

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Category S

Chrome tanning, aniline dyes, final grinding, water repellent treatment | 7 colors

Full grain, aniline finish, nuanced and slightly striated appearance, extreme naturalness and delicacy | 11 colors

Tinted in barrel, finished with natural waxes, natural appearance | 8 colors

The leather from the Molteni&C collection for this article come from bullocks raised in Europe. The carefully selected leather is tanned with chrome salts and dyed exclusively in baths with aniline.

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Category U

Full grain, aniline dye, unfinished leather, extreme naturalness and softness | 8 colors

Unique uses bovine leather from Western Europe’s best cattle farms. Raw leather is selected carefully at each processing step. It is a full-grain, drum dyed aniline leather. The product’s main characteristics are its softness and touch, obtained by using low specific weight grease and retanning which gives it an extremely natural feeling. A special tanning process gives the leather a natural grain appearance.
The special aniline treatment highlights the wrinkles and streaks of the animal, elements that reveal its structure and therefore an absolute genuine charm. Unique is an unfinished leather which is significantly absorbent, a characteristic that requires strict maintenance instruction compliance.