Welcome to crestJMTleather for Contractors.
Here you will find some useful information, particularly related to using leather in contract applications.
For all contract applications, leather must meet a higher fire retardency standard than for leathers used in domestic upholstery. BS5852 1990 is the specification required. (Usually known as crib or source5). This standard is a method of assessing the ignitability of upholstered furniture by both smouldering and flaming ignition sources.
Most leathers conform only to the BS5852 part 1 which covers cigarette and butane flame ignition sources, suitable for domestic use.
In commercial situations it is likely that furniture and fixings will be subject to more intensive use over time, though we recognize that this is not always the case. However with that in mind many specifiers prefer to use leathers with a more robust finish coat.
These types of leathers tend to be those described as having a pigmented finish which is more resistant to dirt and moisture. However if correctly managed and with a proper care routine, most leathers can be and are being used, in a variety of different environments.
All leather will bear the hallmarks of its natural origin, such as scars and marks, but the more pigmented varieties hide these more effectively. Being animal skins means each hide will vary in size and shape, but on average hides are around 5 square metres in size. Hides are normally priced by the square metre.
Specific details about each of our leathers can be found under the range name on the appropriate leather page. Bespoke colours can also be prepared with a lead-time of approximately four weeks (plus delivery) from colour approval.
Most hides are available from stock and supplied directly to the client with a 24-hour delivery service to the UK mainland. Additional treatments (such as crib 5) may require longer delivery windows.
Bulk hides can be shipped directly from the tannery in Italy to any destination worldwide. Other distribution is handled from our sales and warehouse facilities in Rochdale, Lancashire.