Vegetable Tanned Leather Accessories

Vegetable Tanned Leather Accessories

Have you ever heard of Vegetable Tanned Leather? If the answer is no, I highly recommend reading this article, because we will delve deep into this subject, including insights on wonderful accessories made with this technique! 

Vegetable tanned leather: what is it and why it is used to manufacture accessories

Vegetable tanned leather is obtained from cow, goat, or sheep skins that undergo a process called “tanning” that prevents decomposition. The term “vegetable” refers instead to the substance used for tanning: it is a natural extract which comes from some vegetable species and is called tannin. 

Characteristics and facts about Vegetable Tanned Leather

Vegetable tanned leather is cruelty free: the hides are in fact reclaimed food industry waste. Obviously, we’re not talking about “vegan” materials, but no animal is usually killed to just obtain the skins.

Furthermore, tanned leather products are hypoallergenic and therefore particularly suitable for people suffering from allergies: let us remind you that the tannins are natural extracts which are free of toxic substances or heavy metals.

Some trivia: if you want to recognise vegetable tanned leather from other similar materials, try to smell it. In fact, tannin-based tanning usually permeates the leather with an intense perfume, the classic “smell of leather”, which is definitely unmistakable! 

Vegetable tanned leather accessories: some purchase advice 

Due to its beauty and quality, tanned leather is very often used to produce accessories and clothes. In this case, what we suggest buying first are Manufactus accessories!  

Manufactus products are all hand-made, using high quality vegetable tanned leathers. Each of the brand’s vegetable tanned leather accessories are unique pieces characterised by attention to the smallest details: that’s why Manufactus is a tribute to Made in Italy, something that makes our country so well known and beloved all over the world!

Handmade leather Desk Pad

Handmade leather desk pad

Within an environment where we usually spend a lot of time, whether it be the office or your room, an ordered layout is very important. In fact, to be as functional as possible, and help us concentrate, a workplace or study must necessarily be welcoming, well-lit and, of course, orderly. So, how can you not focus first on your desk? It’ s the place where ideas are created par excellence, the place where we spend planning the future for hours on end, studying for our exam sessions, or working on the computer for the upcoming deadlines. In this article, I will give you some advice on how to improve this fundamental space, starting with a must-have accessory: a handmade leather desk pad by Manufactus!

How to furnish the desk: why the desk pad is so important

The desk pad is a very versatile piece of furniture that can perform various functions. First of all, it can add a touch of personality to your desk, which is no small feat! Secondly, it can protect the tabletop from scratches and bumps and give it a more polished look. But not all desk pads are the same, you know? Let’s take a look at the different types.

Desk pad: types

There are different types of desk pad on the market, and I will just point out two of them:

– “desk mat”: useful for writing as well as for protecting the table

– “folding desk pad”: allows you to store useful documents and materials for your activities 

Desk pads can also vary according to the materials which they are made of. My advice is to always choose a leather desk pad, which is the perfect option if one wants to bring elegance to a desk and, at the same time, to have an accessory that lasts for a long time.

An example of this very valid accessory is the handmade desk pads by Manufactus, a brand that is already recognised worldwide for the quality of its craftsmanship, and the usage of only authentic leather. 

Take a look at these items! 

The ancient inkwell where to buy it online and where to find

If you entered by chance an antique shop and were literally struck by its display of ancient writing tools, this review surely fits your needs! In fact, I will now tell you about the Ancient Inkwell, an item that, to this day, is still highly sought after and used as a writing tool. Moreover, I will tell you where to buy it and which are the best models to choose!

The ancient inkwell: history of a fascinating item

The term “inkwell” derives from the ancient Greek calamos (κάλαμος), which described the pointed rod of the terminal part of the pen, which was used to write. In time, the term “Calamaio” referred instead to the small container which held the ink used for writing with the quill (the pen, in fact). Said container, often made of glass, pewter, porcelain, or brass, was placed next to the person who was writing, and was filled with an ink obtained from various sources, such as berries or lampblack. 

The history of the Inkwell dates back to the Egyptians. In fact, they were the first to use wooden tablets, where two colour trays were dug: one holding black ink and the other red ink. The Romans, on the other hand, used actual jars, which were often lavishly decorated. It was only in the Middle Ages, however, that the art of the inkwell took hold; notably, they became increasingly refined and precious items. On the contrary, in the 19th century we witness the decline of the Inkwell: in the United States, in fact, it was devised a way to house the ink directly inside the pen, thus the Fountain Pen was born. 

The ancient inkwell today

Today, the inkwell is an ancient item, owned or used mostly by vintage lovers and collectors. In an era in which writing is less and less physical and more and more “digital”, those who approach writing with inkwells and quills are unfortunately akin to an endangered species. But you know, rare species must be protected, that’s why today I want to show you something unique: the antique writing sets designed by Manufactus! 

Antique Writing Set: buy your antique inkwell now

Manufactus, a unique brand of its kind, when it comes to Made in Italy craftsmanship, offers you the possibility to choose many ancient writing sets from its vast product list. You can see some examples here. You can choose between wooden, pewter, or glass inkwells: the choice of nibs is vast, and then there’s the wonderful set of quills: 

To buy these stunning antique inkwells, just click on the product you prefer: you will receive it at your home after a few days. Otherwise, in case you are in Rome, Siena, Lecce or Venice, search “Manufactus” on Google, then come and buy it directly in our stores!