Several companies tried to make the classic quality but...

It was a big disaster for all upholsterers when the last serious leather factory had to stop in 2002.

 

Coated leather

Not a single tanning company was interested in investing in the development of the same type of old leathers after the closing down of the last old factory. The market was too small and there was more interest in a cheaper tanning procedure and coated leathers which were already being made by other factories. Coated leathers get a coating on top to conceal failures and hallmarks. Every type of hide can be used but hides feel and smell chemical.

When the coating shrinks or hides stretch, the failures will resurface because of the change of texture at these places. Pores are gone, caring of these hides is a waste of money and in some cases the vinyl coating can come off quite easy.

 

 

 

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Confusion

It seems that most companies don't want to spend too much time on doing research. Over the years many leather manufacturers and providers stepped into the labyrinth of quality, texture, color and finish differences used in the old days. Many got confused and some even mixed colors and leather ID codes, creating a chaos of unknown qualities and colors. Also several different finishing processes were and are still used today. Some companies even use old brandnames hoping to get attention.

The confusion starts when factories and providers lose sight of history and don't know what the old leathers should look like. Today there's still confusion about which leather matches the original leather ID codes, thus making unrecognisable leather qualities seem original.

Below are some examples of old original leather samples, compared to the new ones. Notice the leather ID code is identical, but the leather is completely different.

 

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While using correct ID numbers companies lost originality