Shagreen was formally a type of untanned leather made from a horse's back that was typically died green. However, shagreen as we know it today is a type of leather made from the pebbly hide of a shark or sting ray. This form of shagreen was popularized by Jean-Claude Galluchat in the court of Louis XV of France and spread throughout Europe in the mid-18th century. Today it is seen on everything from small luxury goods, tables, lamps, sofas, chairs and even wallpaper. It adds beautiful texture and luxury to any piece of furniture. It comes at a high cost, but now they make quality faux options as well.
|Gray Shagreen Square Chinese Style Side Table|
|Barbara Barry for Baker Screen|
|Jayson Home Faux Shagreen Box|
|Poston Hexagonal Faux Shagreen Lamp|
|Natural White Shagreen Chair|