patterns: all are original, 100+ years old. Embossing is done by hand in 24K gold.
colors: The colors are mixed by hand and then painted by hand onto the leather. There is considerable variation between pieces of the same color - some of the blacks look like a beautiful navy or deep purple. Brush/wash strokes are visible. Colors change a bit over time.
shapes: All of the shapes are also original to the beginning (the only thing that has changed over time are the colors). The production has run in the same family for 4 generations - these are made by the last family in Venice still to be doing this type of work. They have not previously sold their work outside of Venice.