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New Eco-Friendly Superyacht Decor Does Not Smell Fishy

Green trend in yachts: Salmon Skin Upholstery

As the trend for Ultra-Green yachts continues, comes news of a decor option that smells a little fishy to us – salmon skin upholstery!

 Let’s face it, fuel-guzzling luxury mega yacht charter vessels are hardly synonymous with eco-friendly modes of transportation.  Still, a growing number of yacht owners are taking steps to protect our oceans and build or refit their vessels to be a bit more “green.”

The latest of these is the use of salmon skin upholstery, touted as an environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free decor option, suitable for superyacht interiors. The German company, Salmo Leather GmbH, is the leader in this business, creating leathers from the skins of salmon raised on certified organic fish-farms in Ireland.With an appearance quite similar to snakeskin, salmon leather can be enjoyed guilt-free, in contrast to leathers from endangered species.

The company has named the product “Nanai” – an homage to the salmon skin tanning techniques and traditions of the Eastern Siberian Nanai people who have fished salmon on the Amur river for thousands of years.

With its unsurpassed strength and versatility, coupled with its multi-dimensional character and wide variety of color choices, the possibilities nanai has to offer is only limited by the designer’s imagination. Having been certified for its remarkable tear and tensile strength and for its seam resistance, nanai is just as suitable for exquisite interior decorating and furnishing on virgin islands yacht charter vessels as it is for luxury handbags. The Stuart Weitzman Handbags Spring/Summer Collection 2011 features nanai on four of its new handbag models.
Since the skins are a by-product of the salmon industry, the fish are not specifically killed for their hides.
Nanai is referred to by her creators as, “a model of ethical elegance.”  Let’s hope we see more and more yacht owners and builders turning to this and other sustainable building and design materials.


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  • Steve

    Salmon skin? With or without scales? 😉 Sounds quite practical and I suppose "water-proof" too! Does it tend to "pull" the yacht upstream? Great article. I enjoyed reading it!


  • C. Scarano

    Oh this is a must share for my industry tomorrow morning!

    If you know anyone this would apply to, we manufacture drapery hardware for yachts 🙂 (Our company name is LEFERFORGE
    w w w l e f e r f o r g e c o m )


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