Grained Leather

Leather Terminology / Leather Types


Definition of Grained Leather

Grained leather is any type of leather with the natural grain altered by buffing or sanding to remove imperfections and irregularities in the finish.

While the process makes grained leather more visually appealing, it also removes the strength and durability of full-grain leather, leaving a softer and more pliable leather.

Many people prefer this kind of leather because it’s readily available, has a better stain resistance, and is cheaper than full-grain leather.

The fresh top also gives the leather artisan a chance to apply various finishes to the leather which will improve its grain pattern.

Grained leather includes all types of smooth leather, including corrected grain and embossed leather.

Example of Grained Leather in a Sentence

"Her grained leather wallet has a protective coating that’s water resistant."

Synonyms: top grain leather

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Written by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the creative mind behind Popov Leather wallets, iPhone cases, belts, watch bands and journals since 2013. With a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, my leatherworking journey began at home. I wanted to create a simple leather wallet that could fit into my front pocket and — to my delight — it was a hit with family and friends. Hopefully you love our honest, quality leather goods too! Read more