Edelman Russian Leather
The Modern Version of an Ancient Product
Since the time of Marco Polo, who wrote about it in his journals, or perhaps before, "Russia" leather fascinated Europeans. Its exceptional durability, its characteristic red hue and cross-hatched surface pattern and, especially, its intoxicating fragrance led to its widespread popularity.
In Boston, chairs upholstered with it started to show up in estate inventories as early as 1647, less than 30 years after the landing of the Mayflower.
In late November, 1786, a Danish ship, Die Frau Metta Catharina, set off on a voyage from St. Petersburg, bound for Genoa, carrying a cargo of "Russia" leather and hemp, the other major export product of the country in the reig...read more