Chrome leather

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Any leather tanned with chromium salts. Chrome leather is one of the major types of leather. It can be made quickly and has excellent wear, water, and heat resistance. Basic chromium sulfate is used to penetrate the skin quickly and firmly bond the proteins. Chrome tanning is also called mineral tanning.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chrome-tanned leather; mineral tanned leather; chrome tannage; piel curtida al cromo (Esp.); pele curtida a(o) crómio (Port.); verchroomd leer (Ned); cuir tanné au chrome (Fr.); pele curtida ao cromio (Port.); verchroomd leer (Ned);

Physical and Chemical Properties

Has a greenish color at the cut edge

Resources and Citations

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Howard L. Needles, Handbook of Textile Fibers, Dyes & Finishes, Garland Publishing Co., New York, 1981
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998