Lifespan of leather

Lifespan of leather is influenced by its origin and quality and of course technological process and paints. Lifespan is also influenced by quality of used upholstery materials and craftsmanship. Good indicators of quality with painted and corrected leather are abrasion tests, color stability tests and flexometry tests.

The longest lifespan have fully natural aniline leather. It is estimated to 100 years. This leather creates typical patina, which is a typical sign of natural leather.

Long, more than double lifespan (comparing to regular) has leather from natural stock, non-corrected and painted with the best paints. Average lifespan of 20 to 30 years comes from European bulls. (Royal collection) Bulls have thicker texture than cows. Their skin is strong, doesn’t stretch and therefore prevents from cracking.

The shortest lifespan of 2 to 10 years has corrected leather and leather painted with cheap paints. It keeps its natural and almost perfect look for only short time, then quickly deteriorates.