Natural markings on tanned leather
All cowhides have natural markings. Some people are surprised to learn that the absence of natural markings can often mean a lesser quality tanned leather hide. This is because poorer grade cowhides are often heavily sanded to remove these markings making the leather thinner. Below are pictures of some of the natural leather markings commonly found in quality tanned leather hides – especially with semi aniline, pull-up and hand rubbed finishes.