An antique leather sofa is a sofa is a sofa that has been made to look and feel old, without actually being old. Some ways this is done is by rubbing, scratching or treating in some way; dying one color over another; and artificially stimulated the age effect. Or genuinely old sofas that have been taken care of every well. Antique leather sofas are becoming increasingly stylist and gaining popularity among people of many ages. There's just something about an antique couch that people are drawn to.
When looking for an antique leather sofa you have the option of buying a naturally antiqued or distressed leather sofa, or an artificially antiqued or distressed leather sofa. There are 2 main differences between the two processes. The first being that naturally distressed is actually just an old couch that has been restored and artificially distressed is a couch that is new but made to look old. And the second difference being that a naturally antiqued sofa is going to be much more expensive, we're talking possibly in the tens of thousands of dollars, than an artificially distressed sofa. The main price difference is because naturally distressed sofa is considered an antique and a work of art.
On the other hand if you just buy a regular leather sofa, but want the distressed/ antique feel there are 3 methods of going about it. The first is to put water directly on the sofa, not too much, just apply with a rag or sponge and then blow dry it on high heat until you see a drying and cracking effect. You can do this as many times as you'd like to get the look you desire. The second option is to rub your couch down with rubbing alcohol or leather balm to heavily used areas such as seats and arms and then firmly brush it off with a rag. This may leave a scent to your couch, but it will achieve the effect of a distressed leather sofa. And you're third option is rub your couch with sandpaper; this achieves a severely distressed look.
With any of these processes make sure you do some background research and start of slow. Remember you can always go back and do it again if you want to add more distress but you can't take away distress that's already on there. Well, technically you can but it's going to cost you an arm and a leg.
If you're too nervous to distress/antique your couch yourself, there are several stores that sell pre-distressed leather sofas. It may be more expensive to do it this way, but at least you're sure to get the look you want.
When looking for antique leather sofa the most obvious place to start is going to be an antique store. Starting at a local antique store is the best way to find the perfect antique leather sofa you're looking for. Antique stores have items from all around the country, when people moved to that area and sold stuff, people who were leaving that area and sold stuff, and if someone passed away and their loves sold their furniture (not that you'd want to know if that's how it got there). Antique stores have the best variety of leather furniture for the cheapest price, and because antique stores are generally owned locally you can probably talk them down to a more than fair price if you find something you like.
After you tried the antique store and before you go to the department store, try yard sales. Granted it may several long days and a couple weekends, but it will all be worth it when you find a $1000 couch for more than half off. Think about people who are having yard sales are just trying to get rid of stuff, they either need the money, are about to move or just doing some spring cleaning. A majority of the time they haven't used the couch in months maybe years, so you can once again, talk them down to a more than fair price if you find the right couch.