Vegetable Tannins Used in the Manufacture of Historic Leathers

Molecules. 2018 May 3;23(5):1081. doi: 10.3390/molecules23051081.


In this review, a brief description of how animal skins were transformed in leathers in Europe using different vegetable tannins will be presented. Special attention will be dedicated to the description of the type of tannins and the characteristics of the most important type of historic leathers thus obtained. The text will also focus on the description of the techniques used in the identification of these tannins in historic objects: colorimetric tests and spectroscopic analysis.

Keywords: European historic leathers; FTIR; UV-Vis; colorimetric tests; spectroscopy; tannins; vegetable tanning.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Assay
  • Skin / chemistry*
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Spectrum Analysis / methods
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Tannins / chemistry*
  • Tannins / pharmacology*
  • Vegetables / chemistry*


  • Tannins