Tan is the most popular color for leather seats, says Lorene Boettcher of Seton. Next most popular: black and gray.
Look for some flair as neutral seats get highlighted with bits of color. Boettcher predicts blue - representing water - will become popular at millennium time.
Grains and patterns are put onto leather through a process called embossing. Tanneries use plates, rollers, pressure and heat to create the effect.
Many of the first cars were made with leather seats.
An average hide yields about 45 to 50 square feet of material.
An upgrade from cloth to leather seats in most Chrysler minivans costs about $890.