Texture can play as large a role as color in a well-appointed room. The bumpy-surfaced leather known as shagreen has its roots in warcraft as sword scabbards were often wrapped in a textured rawhide-either created or born of the animal- for a better grip. A design mainstay since the 1700s, shagreen, either real or faux, is the skin of sharks or rays, and it brings an element of the natural world into some very contemporary furniture and accessories.
Barry Dixon for Arteriors Stirrup
Equestrian style resonates with the burnished brass handles that embellish this large cocktail table. The shagreen-embossed leather is a rich chocolate shade topped with smoke glass, making it an ideal great room focal point.
RH Modern Bath Accessories
Richly pebbled faux shagreen, in smoke or ivory, graces streamlined trays, a canister tissue cover and soap dispenser.
RH Modern Denver The Gallery at Cherry Creek, Cherry Creek Shopping Center; 303.331.1938; rhmodern.com
Williams-Sonoma Home Coffee Table
Gilded iron supports a surface of faux shagreen that includes a pattern of raised spines (unavoidable in the real thing) for another layer of texture.
The base of this flirty table lamp has a flower shape enveloped in shagreen-embossed leather.
Kathy Kuo Home Millicent Coastal Beach
Soft, matte ivory-gray faux shagreen complements sleek polished chrome in this stylish nightstand.