Authentic Cowhide

If you are looking for something unique to dress up your home, then consider an authentic cowhide rug. They are more versatile than you might realize and come in different styles, colors, shapes and sizes. Even if you generally don’t like natural animal skin rugs, an authentic cowhide rug is going to bring you many more benefits than a faux one.

Here are the top benefits of choosing an authentic cowhide rug:

Natural is beautiful

Living a more natural life is a big push in today society’s so why not go au naturel in other aspects of your life as well. If getting back to nature is important to you, then an authentic cowhide rug is a great addition to your home. The great thing about real cowhide rugs is that each cowhide is unique. Some cows are spotted, brindle, speckled and come in different colors. While you probably think of white and black spots when you picture cows, they are more vastly different than that. You will never find your pattern in someone else’s home. This is because each cow has a uniquely different patterning and color. Even the feel of the fur will be slightly different.

Quality that lasts

Cowhide is very durable and can withstand a lot of foot traffic and the wear and tear that comes with pets and children. While you might thing a faux cowhide rug would be more durable, that is not the case. When maintained well, a real cowhide rug can stay in beautiful shape for years to come and can become a treasure that you passed down in your family. Creating a rug from cowhide is true artisan work. A lot of time and love is put into each piece. This is something you don’t get from mass-produced rugs.

Easy to maintain

While some leather products need special care, authentic cowhide rugs are easy to maintain. Most dirt can be easily be spot cleaned with just soap and water but it can also be vacuumed up with very little hassle. There are no complicated cleaning manuals that you have to follow to take care of your authentic cowhide rug.

Chemical-free

A natural cowhide rug is also chemical free and naturally hypoallergenic. If you have family members who suffer from allergies, you won’t have to worry about them having a reaction to the rug. The artificial dyes and materials used in faux cowhide can be more problematic that real animal skin. Why bring something fake into the home when you can have something natural which will be kinder to your immune system?

A touch of luxury

While cowhide certainly brings us back to nature, it also adds a touch of luxury to a room as well. The soft texture of the rug feels like an indulgence underneath your feet and warms up any room. Imagine how decadent it will feel to curl up in front of the fireplace on a soft authentic cowhide rug. Or how you will feel like a millionaire when you walk into your dining room and see rich authentic cowhide rugs decorating the walls like a Middle Ages tapestry.

Ethically sourced

If your major stumbling block when it comes to buying authentic cowhide is that you worry about cows being harvested specifically for their hide, then you can feel relieved that cowhide rugs are only made from cows who had already died. Instead of being thrown out, the skin of cows killed for their meat is then used to make the rugs. It is not like with wild game which are hunted purposely for their skin, fur and tusks.

Very versatile

Cowhide rugs are very versatile in their uses. Besides gracing your floor, cowhide rugs can hang on walls as tapestries, and be used as a throw blanket. You can use them in any room of the house, even the bathroom. Think how nice it would be to step out of your shower onto something so soft. Besides rugs, you can also buy cowhide furniture, lamps and other household items. There are many ways you can get creative with cowhide.

Goes with any style

One big misconception about cowhide rugs and other household items is that it only fits into a western style décor. If you think cowhide rugs are only meant for ranches or mountain lodges then you would be wrong. Cowhide is not just for the cowboy anymore. Pay a close attention to home fashion and you will see designers using cowhide rugs to bring a touch of luxury to modern city apartments and warming the wood floors in country kitchens. Even your summer home down the shore could benefit from a cowhide rug for the family to snuggle up on. It is all about being one with nature while at the same time enjoying a taste of luxury.

Even if you tend to decorate in bright colors or patterned wallpaper, cowhide can complement any space. The neutral browns, whites and blacks of the rug can help keep bright yellows and pinks from looking too garish and as long as you combine them the right way, different patterns in the same room will not be overpowering, instead giving the room an interesting texture.

Because of its high quality craftsmanship, authentic cowhide rugs are typically more an investment than a faux cowhide rug, but that extra money is worth it when you think of all the benefits of owning an authentic cowhide rug. Why would you want a carbon copy of what is in a lot of homes when you can get something that is very unique?  This is a piece that will be a great conversation starter whenever anyone comes to visit. And because it is durable and maintains its beauty through all sorts of wear and tear, you will be able to pass it down to your children. Don’t underestimate the power authentic cowhide has to transform a space. Whatever pattern or color you choose, you will love how it brings a softness and richness to your home.