While cowhide rugs seem to evoke rustic Southwestern nostalgia, they are showing up in all areas of the country in homes of all styles, from unassuming country houses to modern city flats. Whether your home’s style is quaint, traditional, stylish, chic or cozy, a cowhide rug adds a distinct flair. Since Longhorn cattle are renowned for colourful and varied coat patterns, they often lend their hides to cowhide rugs. No one else will have the exact covering that you own because every piece is entirely unique.
Solid-colored cowhide coverings come in white, yellow, red and black. Patterns include blue and strawberry roan, golden and black brindle, and chestnut and black piebald. You can even get spotted rugs. If you acquire coverings with unique designs, they will stay that way because they won’t fade or mottle. Cowhide coverings are hypoallergenic, so they’re ideal for allergy sufferers and for homes where children crawl on the floor.
Since they’re not artificial nor synthetic and classify as fine hair (not fur), these natural floor coverings have numerous qualities that make them an ideal addition to any décor. They’re easy to care for, feel soft under your feet and last a long time. These factors make them a durable, timeless addition to interior design. Since cowhide coverings are made from animal skins, it makes them desirable for people who like to add an organic touch to their surroundings.
These coverings are easy to maintain. Just take them outside once a week, and shake them out to get rid of any dirt and debris. You can also use a dry cloth for cleaning them. If you prefer to use a vacuum, use the hose attachment and move it in the direction in which the hair goes. If you spill food or drink on one of these rugs, blot the affected area with a damp cloth. Once dry, it should look like new again.
If you’re hesitant to use these coverings on hardwood floors, there’s no need to worry because the underside acts like an anti-skid protection. Since they won’t slide around, they’re safer than other rugs which can become tripping hazards. While cowhide rugs make wonderful floor coverings, regardless of the existing surface material, you can use them in more unconventional ways. For example, use a cowhide rug as a wall hanging to create a focal point for your room. You can also drape them over sofas and chairs to create stunning interior design accents.