Shagreen

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Shagreen
Shagreen - This is leather commonly made from the skins of sharks and rays. The word derives from the French ‘chagrin’ meaning anxiety, annoyance – a reference to the rasping surface of the leather. It is extremely hard wearing and usually comes in an eau de nil green colour with lighter, almost white circular markings. It is associated with the Art Deco era of the 1930’s, even the wallpaper in the rooms in Claridge’s hotel are in the shagreen colour and pattern.