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At Carl Hansen & Søn, we are committed to using only the highest quality genuine cowhide from South America in our products. The unique pattern and appearance of each cowhide make every piece of upholstery that we create one of a kind.

Our cowhide hair is offered in two stunning combinations - black/white and brown/white - and is exclusively available for the CH07 Shell Chair. It's important to note that every hide is distinctive, and the presence of black/white and brown/white colours will vary. Additionally, each hide may differ in colour, pattern, and hair length, due to the natural characteristics of the material.

We pride ourselves on the quality and durability of our cowhide products, which have been tested for hair attachment strength in accordance with BS5131 standards. However, natural materials such as hair may be affected differently in wear, adding to the unique beauty of each piece.

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Explore our other leather types

Leather Group A


Experience the durability of Loke leather, a buffed and pigmented cowhide leather. Its uniform, smooth appearance and easy-to-clean surface make it perfect for public and private environments.

Leather Group B


Experience the practical Thor leather, a semi-aniline cowhide leather. Its recommended when it is essential to have a practical type of leather without forfeiting its soft and comfortable characteristics.

Leather Group C


Sif Leather is an aniline leather is made from the highest quality rawhide and is characterized by its exclusive and soft surface as well as excellent seating comfort

Leather Group D

Saddle Leather

Discover the unique beauty of saddle leather - a premium material sourced from the middle section of cowhide, known for its strength, durability, and ability to develop a stunning patina over time. Perfect for high-quality, long-lasting leather goods.

Leather Group F


Freja is a buffed and pigmented cowhide leather used by Carl Hansen & Søn, known for its durability and easy-to-clean surface. The leather is sanded to remove natural marks, then coated and embossed to achieve a uniform appearance. Pigmented leather like Freja is perfect for high-traffic environments, both public and private.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? If you are looking for a furniture item in a different type of wood, surface treatment or colour, we may be able to help. Please note that not all our furniture is available in all wood varieties and surface treatments. For colours or materials not shown on the website, please contact customer service by email: webshop@carlhansen.com / phone: +45 6313 2672. 

The colours are only intended as a guide and may vary depending on your screen.

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