Collection: Chrome Tanned Cowhide Leather

Chrome tanned cowhide leather includes a wide variety of leathers. 

The complexity, expense and time involved with tanning with vegetable tannins led, in 1858, to the development of using mineral tanning agents instead. The basic principle is the same, removing water molecules from the collagen and replacing them, but the process is much quicker using chrome which is the most popular mineral tanning agent today. The whole process can be automated and finished in a day, and the chrome ions displacing the water and binding with the collagen are much smaller than vegetable tanning molecules. This generally makes chrome tanned leather thinner and softer than vegetable tanned leather.

The process, however, is less natural than when using vegetable tannins. It involves first placing the hides in acidic salts to better make the chrome fit in between the collagen molecules – and then returning the hides to a normal pH level.

Chrome tanned leather includes common upholstery leather you might find on a couch, chair or in your car covering your seats. Chrome tanned leather also includes handbags and the leather used to make them. Usually chrome tanned leather is very soft and pliable, but it can also be stiffer. Either way, chrome tanned leather is available in a wide variety of textures and colors. Chrome tanned leather has a uniform coloring and will not patina as much over time like vegetable tanned leather. Chrome tanned leather is also more resistant to water, heat and stains than vegetable tanned leather. Chrome tanned cowhide leather can be pebble grained, smooth or have various embossed patterns and prints. 

Stonestreet Leather's line of embossed snake print cowhide is chrome tanned leather. Our line of embossed crocodile print cowhide is also chrome tanned leather. All of our upholstery scrap bags, both embossed and smooth are also chrome tanned leather. 

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    Stonestreet earth toned leather chrome tanned upholstery leather scrap bag
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