this vegan leather desk mat looks very much like real leather but is much softer overall. It has a slightly pebbled surface and makes the perfect writing surface. I often take out sheets from my ring bound planner, a table surface was too hard to write on, but this mat gives you a very soft surface, writing is a pleasure now, even with thinner paper. I have even used a damp cloth on it, when ink transfered from the page to the mat, no problem at all!
Although the mat was delivered rolled up, it smoothed out very fast and lay flat from the beginning.