Blended leather is a product made from leather scraps that are shredded, mixed with polyurethane and formed into sheets. Blended leather is also called bonded leather and reconstituted leather.
Genuine leather is the tanned hide of an animal. Small scraps and fibers from the leather industry are used to make the less expensive blended leather. Blended leather is commonly used for upholstery and looks very similar to genuine leather. On the other hand, it is softer, shinier and somewhat less durable than genuine leather. Some furniture manufacturers combine genuine leather on the parts of furniture that wear the fastest and blended leather on the other parts for furniture that is both durable and still less expensive than pieces with 100 percent genuine leather upholstery.