Due to their natural origins and exposure to the elements, leather hides often display markings that are not only considered acceptable but are also appreciated for the unique character they add. Natural characteristics of leather include:
- Neck, Growth Marks, and Body Molding: Neck wrinkles and creases occur in a hide as a result of the neck stretching and contracting and are a normal phenomenon and do not affect the value of the leather. After a time, all leathers will relax and mold from use, this is quite normal with leather upholstery and will not reduce comfort.
- Stretch marks and scars: In the same way, humans develop stretch marks while growing, animals used for leather also have these identifiable marks. Even scars from cuts/ wounds once healed leave the tissue slightly raised. However, it keeps intact its structural integrity.
- Shade variation: No two hides are identical and due to variation in grain structure, the dyes and finishes penetrate to different degrees into the various parts of the hide to give attractive variations. Within the same hide, you may find that there are different tonal hues. This is quite normal and is down to the dyeing process emphasizing the natural transparency of the hide.
- Veins: Just like the veins in our skin, vein lines can appear on finished leather. Skin is worn away and degraded into the pattern of the original pathways.