Also known as faux leather or pleather, imitation leather is a fabric that replicates the look of real leather. You will therefore see it being called “imitation” or “faux” leather. These “vegetarian” alternatives are also a good option from an animal welfare point of view.
The truth is, there’s no “perfect” fabric – it depends upon the client, the project, the great big picture. That’s why many professionals want you to order fabric through their shop – sorting through all the relevant information is a bit of an art, one that takes knowledge and practical experience.
Sometimes, upholstered pieces are purely decorative, but in most cases, they are functional parts of our home, and using an appropriate fabric ensures a good outcome, and long term satisfaction.