Cowhide is no longer the black and white cowhide rug that was the hallmark of many western themed rooms of the 1970’s. These days cowhide comes in a variety of colors, and it’s used in a number of home furnishings and accents beyond just rugs. Cowhide print can be incorporated into nearly any style of decor, and there are a number of reasons why designers and home owners alike love to use genuine cowhide rugs and other items in their home decorating.
What’s fabulous about cowhide rugs is that each one is different. Because they come from real cows, each skin is a different size and varies in colors. Each has its own unique marking; some even have branding on the hide. You can even get cow skins that were tanned using natural oils so there are no harsh chemicals associated with the rug. These rugs bring natural beauty to a home.
Cowhide rugs are versatile and can be used in a number of ways due to their size and thick texture. They’re great for snuggling up on when you want to stretch out with a pillow and a good book, they’re thick enough to protect the table’s surface when working on projects, and cowhide rugs are so soft and supple that they can even be used as throw blankets for a couch or oversize chair. The versatility goes beyond the texture; they naturally come in a variety of colors to complement various styles of room. They can even be dyed in a rainbow of different colors or enhanced with a metallic sheen for more modern looks. These
aren’t the cowhides of your parents’ generation. The modern version can be used for many purposes and looks good in any setting.
Cow skin rugs are durable and strong. They are made to be more supple by applying oils in the tanning process. This makes them ideal for various home uses because they are soft, but they don’t tear or snag like other materials may. They’re easy to clean with a damp, soapy cloth. The only caveat is that these natural rugs should be kept away from getting soaked with water because getting wet can strip the hide of its natural oils. A true, genuine cowhide rug should last for years and years with proper car and maintenance. It may even become a treasured piece of home that is passed down through from generation to generation.
Today’s cowhide rugs are still a natural choice that adds beauty and versatility to the look of a room and will last for years to come.