Shagreen is a type of leather or rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays (thank you Wikipedia)! It's typically used to cover anything from furniture, lighting, mirrors, homewares and other accessories, or even walls!
Red shagreen walls - Room by Mary McDonald for Kips Bay
Fun fact: because shagreen is typically made from the skin of sharks and rays, it’s impervious to stains and water. Perfect for nightstands, side tables and anywhere else you might pop a glass of water or drink on. No more need for coasters!
From top left: 1. Schumacher Oxblood Shagreen Wallcovering 2. Double Yellow Shagreen Bracelet with Silver Buckle 3. Shagreen Embossed Leather Table Lamp 4. Shagreen Night/Side Table 5. Cara Shagreen Cocktail Table - Pale Green 6. Mahogany and Shagreen Console 7. Antique Letterbox 8. Blue Shagreen Pencil Box
What's your favorite shagreen piece?