SIGNS OF GENUINE LEATHER.
Over time, a cow’s hide, or surface grain, is subject to the varied markings of branding, veins, scars, wrinkles and bites. All are beautifully natural, authentic and integral to its hide. All are unique to leather… and a sign that it’s genuine.
Look for any one or more of these natural markings on leather furniture.
Found on virtually every hide, a brand mark varies from a letter or a number to a shape or image, and are usually one of the largest natural markings.
If brand marks are smooth and add to the character of the leather, they will be placed on the sides or outside backs of leather furniture.
A cow’s blood vessels appear as irregular, marble-like veins on a hide. Usually more visible in the neck and across the backbone, veins are often more prominent in older cows, and can also reflect the cow’s climate. In cold weather, veins contract to reduce heat loss through the skin. In warm weather, veins expand to increase it. You will find these in any position on leather furniture.
Given that veins are closer to the underside of the cow’s hide, they appear most commonly in split leathers.
SCRATCHES AND SCARS
While deep and unhealed scars are cut out of the hide, thin surface scratches are part of the natural characteristic of leather. Healed scars are as strong as the rest of the hide. Healed scratches and scars can appear in any position on leather furniture.
WRINKLES, STRETCH MARKS AND CREASES
Wrinkles occur naturally wherever loose skin is located on the hide. They are typically found in the neck and shoulder, and can be common in belly areas. Wrinkles and stretch marks are typically placed on the sides and back of leather furniture.
Mild creases may appear anywhere on the piece.
BITES AND PIN HOLES
Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and parasites all take their pound of cow flesh, leaving behind small circular marks or tiny holes on a cow’s hide. Bites are a common occurrence on hides and leather furniture, but mostly innocuous and typically small. Bites and pin holes can appear anywhere on leather furniture.