Scars and marks on aniline leather occur due to various reasons. Aniline leather is dyed with soluble dyes without a strong topcoat or protective layer, allowing the natural beauty and grain of the leather to show through. This is what makes aniline leather soft, supple and luxurious but at the same time makes it more susceptible to marks and blemishes.
Here are a few possible reasons why you might find scars and marks on aniline leather.
Natural characteristics: Aniline leather is normally made from the highest quality hides, which often have natural markings such as insect bites, wrinkles, stretch marks, and scratches. These natural characteristics are not considered defects but rather contribute to the uniqueness and authenticity of the leather.
Handling and usage: Daily use, accidental spills, friction, or improper handling can result in marks on aniline leather. Scratches, scuffs, and stains may occur if the leather comes into contact with sharp objects, rough surfaces, or substances that can penetrate the leather pores
Sunlight exposure: Aniline leather is sensitive to sunlight and may fade or develop marks when exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. UV rays can cause the colour to lighten and result in uneven fading or discolouration.
Ageing and patina: Over time, aniline leather develops a rich patina that adds character and depth to its appearance. The patina is formed through natural wear and exposure to oils, sunlight, and environmental elements. While patina can enhance the beauty of aniline leather, it can also include minor imperfections and marks.
It’s important to note that aniline leather requires regular care and maintenance to keep it in good condition. Cleaning, conditioning, and protecting the leather using appropriate products can help ensure the leather is kept in the best condition possible (click this link to read our blog post on how to clean and care for your leather).
If you have concerns about specific marks or scars on your aniline leather, it may be helpful to consult a professional leather cleaner or an expert in leather care for advice.