Chagrin, or Shagreen or Galuchat as it is also referred to, is a
leather made from the skin of rayfish which is covered with round,
closely set, calcified papillae resembling small pearls. Chagrin is
reputed to be one of the strongest hides in the world and has a
pattern characteristic of the papillae at the spine area which
distinguishes it as a unique and exquisite surface. Chagrin is dyed
so only the flesh is colored leaving the small circles of calcified
substance a beautiful pearl white color.
The use of chagrin as a leather dates back centuries in the Asian
culture. In the 20th century, in the Art Deco period of the late
1920's, chagrin became commercially popular from its beautiful
applications on decorative objects and furniture.
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Pricing for chagrin work is available by request. Cinch will work with
COM or we will order your specifications through one of our sources
- Chagrin Sources).
Chagrin samples are available in three options.
- Color Sample Card - $30.00
Chagrin Color Sample Card
A color sample card is made up of individual pieces approximately
1" x 1" (25 mm x 25 mm) of the chagrin hues we offer. Cuttings
are a useful reference to see the pallet choices. Each cutting is
applied to a card and labeled with the reference color.
- Individual Sample: 5" x 7" x 5/8" - $ 150.00 each
Individual Samples are covered front and sides with the
chagrin requested. A finish is not necessary with Chagrin
because of the enamel nature of the skin.
Individual samples are a useful reference to present the
beauty of the material as applied to a surface. Each
sample is labeled with the Chagrin color code, and Cinch's
- Custom Samples
Available on request. Please contact Cinch so we can
discuss the best possible solution for your project.
Sample costs will reflect the complexity of the projects
specifications. If the projects proposal is accepted and
contractual agreements are met Cinch will deduct the cost
of the samples from that project.
Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.
50° to 75° Fahrenheit
40% to 65% Relative Humidity
No extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity
No proximity to direct heat sources
No proximity to direct sunlight
No contact with moisture
Clients must be made aware that some changes in the surface
configuration of the chagrin should be anticipated. Chagrin is
reactive to changes of temperature and relative humidity. Ideal
conditions for chagrin are temperatures between 50° F to 75° F
relative humidity of 40% to 65%. Chagrin must not and a come in
contact with liquid, nor must it be allowed to be in dry out. Chagrin
must be kept away from sources of direct heat (air sources as well
as CPU's and laptops), and out of direct sunlight or other harsh light
sources. Heat and or extreme dryness will cause chagrin to
contract, lift, dry out and harden.
Dusting and Care:
- Gently dust with a soft cotton cloth.
- Always use coasters under both hot and cold drinks.
- To prevent gouging and scratching, use felt backing on lamps,
ashtrays, and accessories.
- When serving hot foods, always use place mats under plates
and hot pads under serving dishes.
- To prevent moisture damage make sure plants are in drip-proof
pots, and keep foliage from touching the chagrin surface.
- When placing items on chagrin, always set them down
gently; when retrieving items, pick them up, don't slide them.
- Don't place rubber or synthetic materials, such as plastics,
directly on chagrin, since they might contain chemicals that
could damage the finish.
- Don't place magazines or newspapers on the chagrin surface;
the ink will bleed into the finish and eventually damage the
- Blot spills immediately. Gently blot the area with a succession
of clean, soft, dry cloths until the spill is gone and the area is
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