Exotic shagreen is hot in home decor this fall

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When it comes to incorporating animal hides into home decor, Texans have always been more than a hair ahead of the trends. It’s no surprise, then, that local designers say they’ve been loving shagreen — one of the season’s hottest home decor materials — for some time now.

Said to have derived from the French word chagrin, shagreen refers to the skin of sharks and rays; the rawhide features a rough, granular texture.

The prized and somewhat exotic skin has signified luxury, some reports say, since the time of the pharaohs in Egypt. In 18th-century France, King Louis XV’s most famous mistress, Madame de Pompadour, was said to have been a devoted fan of shagreen; it became popular again during Europe’s Art Deco era.

Though found mostly in neutral colors like gray and cream, the hide can be found or dyed in more colorful hues, such as dusty blue and purple, and faux shagreens are popular. The material is used to cover both larger furniture pieces, such as chairs and screens, and smaller accessories, such as trays and lamps.

“On a variety of projects, I have incorporated the uniqueness of shagreen by using it on … desk accessories for commercial projects in executive offices and upholstery such as dining chairs,” says Fort Worth interior designer Kenneth Jorns. “Recently I covered the most awesome dining chairs in a red skin that has blown everyone away. I love it!”

Statement piece

Whether used as a buffet or a console, the dramatic four-door John Richard Tuxedo Sideboard is veneered in Macassar ebony and features shagreen insert panels and stainless-steel capped legs. $5,272, Wright at Home.

Table manners

Handcrafted of wood and covered in charcoal-color faux shagreen, Williams-Sonoma’s Parsons-style shagreen coffee table is a minimalist dream. $2,495, www.williams-sonoma.com (online only).

Stylish storage

These chic Desert faux-shagreen storage boxes from Sandra Sampson Interiors are not only stylish but functional. Use them to hide small items that you want to keep close at hand. $66 for the large, $52.25 medium, Sandra Sampson Interiors.

Light it up

Arteriors’ elegant flower-shaped, shagreen-embossed Lawton Lamp, in its demure shade of natural gray, features a polished nickel sphere finial and an ivory shade with sheer lining and a diffuser. $660, Arteriors.

Desk mates

Part of the Lillian August for Hickory White line, the Simone desk is built with a box-on-stand design that features a three-drawer shagreen top and a square iron base with bronze finish. Price upon request; special order through Domain XCIV.

Serving in style

With their eye-catching hexagon shape, Regina-Andrew Design’s luxe faux-shagreen Hex Trays, made of wood and resin, can function as serving trays and display pieces. Available in turquoise and ivory; $325, Neiman Marcus.

So-chic shagreen

The Sorin Dresser from Made Goods adds subtle luxury to any room, thanks to its off-white shagreen finish and brushed metal knobs. Price upon request; special order through Portfolio.

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