The Josephine Side Table in Black Shagreen features a faux shagreen top with a matte brass base. What is Shagreen? Shagreen is leather typically made from shark skin or stingrays. This is a faux version made from 100% synthetic materials which is obviously more environmentally concious. It has a really great, unique texture to it that stands up well to frequent use and looks great. The Josephine Side Table is also avaialable in a matching coffee table.