Patina is something I talk about quite a bit. Be it with things we wear, use or simply look at, not just heirloom linen. Some cultures certainly struggle with this concept as they aim to make everything plastic-perfect. I see it all too frequently in those from other countries who buy Irish country houses for their history and then proceed to give it a gloss destroying its very heart, soul and many layers of a long-lived story. My advice some time ago to someone entering into a house very close to my heart was simple..."the secret here is not what you do...it's what you don't do". I often wonder if it fell on deaf ears.