Shagreen has been a favorite material of mine for quite some time. The texture is so smooth (yet bumpy) and lovely to touch. It’s not something that I get to have or spec often, as it is pretty expensive. However many companies are making faux-shagreen now to meet the trending demand.
The word derives from the French chagrin and is related to Italian zigrino and Venetian sagrin, derived from the Turkish sāğrī / çāğrī ‘rump of a horse’ or the prepared skin of this part. The roughness of its texture led to the French meaning of anxiety, vexation, embarrassment, or annoyance.” –Wikipedia.com (more historical info here, and here)
A tad morbid, but here’s where it comes from:
Variations like this wallet pattern can also come from the Pearled Stingray (as seen below)
Here are some beautiful products made from real and faux shagreen:
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