Ancient Maryam Tannery

Maryam tannery was born in the heart of the tanning district of Santa Croce sull'Arno in Tuscany, Italy. Over the years it has undergone many structural and logistical transformations, as it is easy to imagine given the evolution of the tanning system, with the development of a more modern vegetable tanning system. Yes, because Maryam was born as a totally vegetable tannery. Its birth reflects our character or that of sticking to the things of the past. This is why we have renewed our productions by placing them in rooms of ancient memory, patiently restored hand in hand with our products in which they find a substantial uniqueness.

We are always aimed at reducing the impact on the ecosystem, seeking innovative products that are part of the biological cycle aimed at the environment and the consumer for the protection of their health and future generations. Today we treat horse leather, Shell Cordovan, calf leather, kangaroo and deer leathers with extreme care.



Tanning is an ancient practice, which has the sole purpose of protecting the skin and ensuring that it can last over time and in the best conditions, also enhancing its beauty and giving it multiple applications.

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It is the oldest vegetable tanning and the one we carry on as a tradition. Tannins are used with the addition of oil and animal fat. This gives the leather:
- More wear resistance.
- Soft hand but firm in the expansion.
- When rubbed, the skin becomes shinier and more beautiful. This is linked to improved wear resistance which, instead of worsening the leather, brings out the best of it.

The tannin-based vegetable tanned leather highlights and enhances its original characteristics, such as small wrinkles and veins that transpire on the animal's skin, for this reason the raw leather we use must be, from the point of view of quality, the best that the slaughterhouse market offers. We are committed to the development of the highest quality materials.


It is the article that we call "albino". It is a totally natural type of tanning, synthetic and free of heavy metals. With this type of tanning, we are able to produce leathers in white, light colors and pastel colors. Soft hand and lightness feeling.


Shell Cordovan

Shell cordovan is an equine skin made with the flat fibrous muscle (or shell) under the skin on the horse's rump also called the breech. It is worked on the part of the cartilage while keeping the flower inside and only the master tanners can bring this particular preciousness to completion. The leather takes its name from the city of Cordoba, in Spain, where it was first produced by the Visigoths in the seventh century and later in the countries of northern Africa.

It is difficult and expensive leather to make. Between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was mainly used to sharpen the razors of barbers. More recently it has been increasingly used for shoes, wallets, bags and watch straps; thanks to its aesthetic qualities and its exceptional durability which makes it the maximum expression of the tanning art.


The True Tuscan Tanning

Vegetable tanning has origins in prehistoric times and in Tuscany it experienced its maximum splendor. For centuries the Tuscan master tanners have handed down the precious artisan tradition, now a combination of ancient recipes and advanced technology.

The Maryam tannery, heir to centuries-old experience and knowledge, still carries out the slow process of processing with care and passion that leads the raw hides to become leather, in total respect for nature. A process based on the use of natural tannins from trees, new technologies and the slow passage of time.


The quality approach must be a "total" approach. The elements that substantially characterize the global vision of quality are: attention to every detail and the search for continuous improvement.


100% natural and vegetable products in respect of sustainable development. A concept that must be pursued through a long and constant path. Our sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising future generations.


The care, the patience, the “knowing how to wait” and the total manual skill of our work make all our products precious.


Our leathers are exclusively of preferential Italian origin, i.e. the manufacturing process from raw leather to finished leather takes place entirely in our tannery.


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Only waste leathers from the food industry are treated. These leathers would otherwise be lost and would also create a high biological impact with their putrefaction or, alternatively, very high costs for disposal.

The products of our work will therefore remain available to man for many generations, giving a sort of immortality to the leather and a close bond with our roots, our ancestors, like an echo that lasts over time as well as not make us forget that we still need simple but fundamental things to carry our species forward.


Santa Croce sull'Arno

The leather district of Santa Croce sull'Arno is a reality in which entrepreneurs have invested resources for decades to improve safety standards in the workplace and quality of the environment.

Santa Croce therefore as an example of global competition, the tanning district of Santa Croce sull'Arno represents one of the main realities in the field of tanning processing at an Italian and international level It was here that the first tanning activities began their activity during the mid- 19th century . After the end of the Second World War we are witnessing the expansion of this activity which then goes to place itself in the existing urban fabric.

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