palliser leather grades

Palliser Leather Grades

If you haven’t heard of Palliser before, then you are either from another country or live under a rock. Founded in 1944, this Canadian company makes quality leather and fabric upholstered furniture in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They offer furniture in leather-vinyl match, but Alford’s only sells all leather. Today, we will talk about Palliser leather grades, or categories.bridge and museum winnipeg


We posted an informational blog about leather not that long ago that explains in detail about types of leather and terminology. We won’t be going into detail about that here, but you’ll find it useful to reference that blog for a better understanding. Check out the Leather Lingo blog from Palliser as well for a handy glossary of terms.

Grades or Categories

Palliser, like other furniture companies, has a variety of grades, or categories, of leather that they use. Every company uses a different system, but they are generally quite similar. Palliser leather grades are from 1000 – 6000, with the lower number generally having the most protection and a lower price, and the higher grades being more natural, having a softer feel, and a little higher cost.

Protected Leathers

The following leathers are versatile, with a pigmented finish coat that serves as a barrier to spills, stain, and fading – ideal for high traffic areas — however, these leathers are not stain resistant. These leathers offer consistent colour from hide to hide.

Grade 1000, Tulsa II

Palliser’s starting grade, Tulsa II, is a pigmented leather available in fourteen colours. Tulsa II has a smooth grain, a consistent look, and is protected. This is a great leather for families as it is more stain resistant and child and pet friendly.

Grade 1500, Dazzle

This grade is one of the most colourful Palliser leathers. The Dazzle line is a semi-aniline leather that features colours with names like Blush, Peacock, and Cayenne.

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Palliser Dazzle Leather Colours

Grade 2000, Classic

Classic is a semi-aniline leather with a sauvage colouring (two-tone look). It is family friendly and has a smooth finish. You’ll find classic colours like Hunter Green and Burgandy in this line.

Grade 2500, Venice (split grain)

Described as a thick and sumptuous leather with a matte finish, Venice is a semi-aniline leather that is family friendly.

Grade 3000, Broadway, Bronco, and Carnival

Palliser has 3 styles in the 3000 category. Broadway is one of the most popular leathers and has a matte finish with a pebble grain to it. Bronco is a top grain leather with a hint of rustic charm with its two-tone look. Carnival is uniform in colour and has a subtle grain.

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Broadway Granite, a top seller

Natural Leathers

Palliser leather grades also come in natural leathers. Natural leathers are the highest quality of leather. They are the softest and most supple, and often have character marks such a scars, stretch marks, brands or subtle shading variations. Over time, these leathers develop a beautiful patina, but they are not stain resistant.

Grade 4000, Dallas, Fireside, Mystic, Venice (top grain)

Dallas is soft to the touch and has a textured appearance and warm colour. The natural markings and wax finish of the Fireside leather makes it a distinguished top grain leather. Fireside is perfect for a rustic look, and the character will change over time. Mystic comes in 6 natural tones, and has a smooth, great hand and low sheen. The top grain Venice comes in the same colours as the split grain Venice above.

palliser leather grades fireside

Fireside Maple, a waxed finish

Grade 6000, Alfresco, Allegro

Alfresco is buttery soft and has a great two-tone finish, and comes in 6 colours. Allegro is a heavyweight, top grain leather that gets better over time.

What Palliser Leather Grades should I choose?

Think about your home life and determine what kind of activity the furniture piece will see. Is it a casual room for watching TV and playing with the kids? It’s a good idea to stick with a protected leather. If it’s a reading chair in a quiet area of the house, a natural leather may be a great choice! You’ll need to consider your personal preferences as well. A natural leather will have markings like wrinkles, bug bites, and possibly marks from branding. This type of leather will also change over time and develop a patina. If all of these qualities do not appeal to you, then choose a protected leather.

Whatever you decide, you’ll have peace of mind when you’re an Alford’s customer. From the moment you step in our doors, to well after we deliver your furniture, our professional and knowledgeable staff are here to serve!


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What You Should Know About Leather

When buying furniture, you’ll often be asked “would you prefer leather, or fabric”? If you’ve never had leather furniture before, you’ll probably want to know more about the product. If you’ve always owned leather, then it’s time to freshen up your knowledge!

What is leather?

Leather is made from the hides of animals. Exotic leathers can be used for furniture, like ostrich or crocodile, but most leather you’ll see on show room floors is from cows. Leather is known for its durability, flexibility, and long lasting nature. The hides arrive at factories, they are tanned, dyed, and sent out to furniture manufacturers to use as upholstery.

Types of Leather

There are different types of leather that are used: Full-grain, top-grain, corrected-grain, split, and bonded leather.


Full-grain leather refers to hides that have not been corrected, sanded, or buffed to remove imperfections in the leather, like bug bites, wrinkles, scars, or even branding. This type of leather will develop a patina over time, and is very breathable. It is not known for its stain resistance, so young families should beware!




Bug Bites


One of the most common types of leather used in high-end products is top-grain leather. The split part of the leather is cut away, resulting in a thinner and more pliable leather than full-grain. The surface has a protective coat added to it, making it more resistant to stains, and won’t patina over time.


Corrected-grain leather is much like it sounds: the grain has been corrected through sanding, and a grain pattern is embossed onto the surface. Stains or dyes are added to the leather. This type of leather is also much more resistant to stains and also won’t patina over time.


The next type of leather is called split. Remember top-grain leather is split into two? Well that back portion is used in this category. Since there is no grain left on this leather, it is also corrected and embossed with a grain pattern.


Leather Swatches

Bonded Leather

While bonded leather contains leather, it is mainly man made. Manufacturers shred up leather, bond it to a backing, and apply a polyurethane coating which is embossed to look like leather. It is more environmentally friendly and consistent than natural leather, however it is nearly impossible to repair and doesn’t breathe.

Leather Grading

Each furniture company adopts a grading system for their leathers. The price of your furniture piece will depend on what grade the leather is. Lower grade leathers are generally less expensive, with more correction, and higher grade leathers are more expensive with less correction. They will come in a variety of colors, even very bright greens and reds.


Leather Colours

Environmental Impact

Leather does have an environmental impact. Chemicals are used in the tanning process, and air pollution is a result of dehairing and the liming process. However, leather does biodegrade over time, while artificial products like vinyl will take hundreds of years to decompose.

What do buy

If you decide to purchase leather, take some time to think about the use of the piece and how long you’ll have it. Active, young families may want to stay away from full-grain and light colored leathers. If you love to change up your accessories often, a trendy colored leather may not be right for you. Think a neutral colour like beige, chocolate, or the newly popular grey. However, if you love red and know you want to live with it, just go for it!

Whether you’re looking to purchase a chair or a large sectional, the staff at Alford’s will be happy to help you find the perfect piece for your home.

You’re an Alford’s Customer.


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What Happens at High Point (… stays at High Point)

Last week we were at High Point, North Carolina for the largest furnishings trade show in the world. Boasting an incredible 11.5 million square feet of show space, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it doesn’t exist. The market is put on twice a year and brings in about 75,000 attendees to the more than 2000 exhibitions.

We send a small group every spring and fall market to go through what’s up and coming, and choose some new pieces to bring to our show room floor. The group heads to all our suppliers to see what they have come up with this season, and we even take a look at some suppliers we don’t carry — just in case they sell something we must have!

Every supplier has a show space, filled with furnishings and decorated to the nines. High Point is definitely the place to find inspiration from the world’s most creative people.

Keep your eye out for our new additions from High Point, which will be arriving soon!

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