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Aniline leather is one of the most attractive types of leather due to its softness and natural look. Aniline leather is the most expensive type of leather and is rarely used on beds due to the very high cost. The most commonly used leather on beds is a bi-cast leather which has a thin coating on the top. This is used extensively on beds due to the fact that it requires very little maintenance and is not prone to marking.

Occasionally corrected grain leather is used this type of leather is buffed to reduce heavy natural scarring and blemishes in the hides. It is then coloured with a coating containing opaque pigments and embossed with a grain pattern to ensure a uniformity of colour and resistance to fading. 

An alternative to bi-cast leather is bonded leather. Bonded leather is genuine leather which goes through a process where by individual pieces of leather are pressed together and bonded onto a backing material.

As with all types of leather the material remains very durable and is able to withstand a number of conditions, including heat and moisture. In the end the choice of leather will come down to a combination of personal taste and budget.

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