This Recycled Leather Wall System from Abet Laminati is made of recycled post-consumer leather fibers (treated with a vegetable tanning process and mixed with the latex of natural rubber) combined with a polymer and mounted on a high-density core. Seven colors are available, all of which can be cleaned with soap and water. The system can be installed in a vertical or horizontal pattern using extruded aluminum profiles as visible accents or as nonvisible components. The panels and aluminum trim are held together with tongue-and-groove profiles, creating the support structure for the panels to be mounted on a wall. abetlaminati.com
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