There are many beautiful ways to cover a floor, from woven rugs to sheepskin to patterned throw rugs. There’s no question, however, about the truly gorgeous impact of cowhide rugs in a room. The gentle, natural beauty of a cow’s hide gives a room an incredible texture and visual appeal that goes far beyond the utilization of an area rug. A cowhide rug comes from nature, and that’s what makes it such a beautiful way to round out a room’s look and add rustic appeal.
A RUG MADE TO LAST
Mother Nature certainly doesn’t fool around when it comes to making things. The fact is, a well-made, manufactured woven rug may last a long time and hold up well with wear, but it will never compare to the way a rug made from natural cowhide does.
Cowhide comes from nature, and these hides are made to last. The other wonderful feature of a natural cowhide is the way it wears over time. An old hide will become more textured and interesting as time goes on. No matter how many feet may pass over a cowhide, it will retain its looks and truly natural beauty. It will also become softer to the touch.
THE VERSATILITY OF COWHIDE
When most people think of cowhide, they think of the classic black and white cow design. While this look is indeed beautiful, the fact is that natural hide comes in many different patterns, all of which are gorgeous. Let’s take a look at the many colors and patterns of cowhide, and how they can add natural beauty to a room’s decor.
ALL WHITE HIDES OR PATTERNED
Cowhide pieces are available in all white, which is a timeless look in a room that accents any style of decor. The white hide is a look that can blend well with rustic furniture or antiques, yet it also goes beautifully with sleek modern decor. Now that is versatility.
Cowhides can be dyed and decorated to add a stunning touch to a room. A zebra-dyed cowhide is a fabulous look in a room that adds a very exotic feel. Some decorators even like to take the look up a further notch, and add metallic touches to cowhide, for a fabulous 1960s feel.
The natural patterns from cowhide also have incredible beauty and versatility. Natural hides can be found in patterns of brown caramel or brown and white, or in speckled combinations of white, black and brown. Lighter toned natural hides add a touch of subtle glamour to a room. These hides are beautiful in room with light toned furnishings or antique pieces.
CARING FOR YOUR COWHIDE
There’s no question that a cowhide piece will hold up for years of wear. Simply shaking out a hide outside is good maintenance, and hides can be vacuumed as long as they are treated gently, with a low powered vacuum. A little steam cleaning is also okay, but again, the process must be gentle. Hides should never be washed in a washing machine.
There’s no question that cowhide is a great choice for an area rug. These rugs offer incredible versatility, durability and a natural beauty that can’t be equalled by manmade rugs.