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We are a British luxury homeware brand, specialising in tableware sets and home accessories in silver leaf, gold leaf, faux shagreen
and faux croc finishes.
In our spring sale selection you can find luxury placemats, luxury coasters and bathroom accessories.
To learn more about our mission and products, please visit our website.
What is Shagreen?
One of the first questions asked is what is shagreen made from? Its beguiling texture is of leather-like softness punctuated by delicate dappled marks, which hints at its source.
Real shagreen is a natural hide, typically from shark, stingray or dogfish, though man-made replicas are now used widely and impressively.
Shagreen saw its most major boom in the Art Decoperiod where it was used as a covering for writing desks and well-dressed cabinetry. It may have fallen out of favour briefly but shagreen made its comeback as a leader in luxury during the 1960s.
About Faux Shagreen
Choose faux shagreen (from discounted Posh collection) and you’re likely to have a product made from vinyl.
Not only are sophisticated finishing techniques with vinyl able to
closely replicate the look and feel of real shagreen, but it’s often far more durable too. Hide dries out over time, even when treated, causing the shagreen to chip and come away which is often impossible to repair. This is something avoided with the vinyl variety.
Polyester resin is another popular substitute, which, like vinyl, takes to shagreen’s signature pebbled surface and leather-like patina to perfection.