A lot of people do not know what it is. It's the use of ray or shark skin. It has been around for centuries but most associated with the Art Deco styles. The skins have small rough bubbles that make the texture very tactile and appealing to touch. You can upholster anything or create any shape or form. It tends to be a luxury material because of the high cost. But you can buy small items such as boxes or accessories if you just want to add a touch of the texture in a room.
I enjoy finding shagreen 80's style tables and night stands in vintage stores. They look so updated and current and have a very sophisticated feel to them. If you are in the market for these vintage finds, try and find the old Karl Springer pieces.
Enjoy your hunt for Shagreen.