Much like croc and snake skin to the fashion world, the interior design industry has its luxe materials like bone, goat parchment and shagreen. Real shagreen, much like leather, is the skin of a pearl ray. The rough, granular surface of the skin is often dyed to highlight its unique texture. Shagreen can also refer to a leather that is imprinted to create a shagreen-like surface. The rays are not large and therefore yield small amounts of skin, making shagreen one of the most expensive materials on earth.
Due to its popularity, many furniture and home decor manufacturers have created beautiful faux products that emulate the original so closely, they are a great alternative to the lower budget client.
This amazing material can even be seen in Ann Sacks new "shagreen" tile. Each tile emulates a panel like those that would be used in real shagreen. Now this luxe look can be used in wet locations like bathrooms and kitchens.
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