Dyed vellum is a very popular finish to various types of furniture. It has a velvety rich texture and works well with other materials. The pallet of colours is endless and the ‘mottled’ look imitates the sky. The darker the colour, the more apparent the variations in tone.
Vellum is prepared animal skin or “membrane” originally used as a material for writing on (parchment – which is made from the split skin of sheep). The term is derived from the Latin word “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French “velin” for “calfskin”. It is typically made from goat or calf skin. Because these skins are smaller than large hides of say cow, there will always be visible joins when used on large area applications.
Vellum’s beauty lies in its velvety rich texture and natural colour variation. Prior to our dyeing technique being applied the skins go through a process of bleaching. Skins which already has natural darker areas, will remain darker during this process and a type of mottling ‘sky’ effect is the result once dye has been applied. Therefore no skin is the same and it is a beautiful thing. Its versatile and used in many bespoke furniture we have and continue to make.
The last image in the carousel above shows a faux vellum application which mirrors the look in detail and is a more cost effective and vegan friendly option.