If you have never purchased a cowhide rug before, you might not know how to find the right one for your home or whether or not they are actually safe to have in your home. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet about cowhides, how they are made, how they can be used, and if they are durable. Here are eight of the most common misconceptions about cowhide rugs and the truth behind them:
1. Cowhides smell bad.
If you’ve ever been to a far, you know that cows smell bad. They’re animals! Like most animals, especially those that live outside, they are going to smell bad. This doesn’t mean that their hides are going to smell bad, however. In fact, most cowhides just smell like leather, which is exactly what they are. Because cowhide is a natural product, it is going to have that natural smell, but when you buy a high quality product, you are going to get a rug that has been carefully cleaned and treated so that it does not smell bad. It will smell like any other leather product in your home.
2. Cows are killed specifically for their hides.
There might be some companies that raise and slaughter their cows specifically for their hide, but this is not a company that you want to buy from. The highest quality hides come from cows that are raised for dairy and for meat. While this might not sound much better to someone who is a vegetarian, the average person can rest easy knowing that the cowhide rug they are using in their home was not taken from a cow who was raised and killed just for their hide. These hides are collected from slaughterhouses so they can be treated and turned into the high quality goods that you use in your home.
3. Cowhides are not durable.
One of the most common misconceptions about cowhide rugs is that they cannot and will not stand up to years of use. The opposite is actually true. Unlike many other types of rugs, which quickly degrade, cowhides are very durable. Think, for example, about how durable your leather goods are. Leather is widely used because of its extreme durability. It does not break down easily, is difficult to cut, and stands up well to wear. Your cowhide rug will be just as durable. As long as it is properly cared for, it can last you years longer than any other type of rug.
4. There is no way to clean a cowhide rug.
While it is true that you do not want to vacuum a cowhide rug like you would any other type of rug, there are lots of ways that you can get your cowhide rug clean. Specifically, you should carefully spot treat any stains or areas that are soiled. If your rug is starting to look dusty, a better option that vacuuming is to take it outside and shake it off or even beat it. Carefully combing down the hairs so that they lay flat across the rug can keep your rug looking great.
5. My dog will try to eat the rug.
If your dog loves rawhide chews, you might see your rug as one big rawhide chew, right? The truth is that if your dog has not shown any interest in any of the other rugs in your home, your dog will probably not show any interest in this rug either. It is unlikely that your dog is going to suddenly decide to chew up this rug, just because it is made of leather and some dogs like to chew on rawhide, which is essentially the same material.
6. The tanning process leaves behind dangerous chemicals.
The tanning process has significantly evolved since it was first discovered that you could tan and preserve animal hide, but it is not true that the chemicals used in the tanning process now leave behind any dangerous residue on your hide. Each hide is carefully washed throughout the tanning process to make sure that it is safe to use in your home. There is nothing dangerous about having a professional tanned cowhide rug in your, especially when you purchase that rug from us.
7. Every cowhide is essentially the same.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We use advanced tanning techniques to make sure that our cowhides are a much higher quality than what can be found on just about any other website. How the cowhides are selected and manufactured is going to significantly affect their quality. This is why buying the cheapest cowhide that you can find is not always the best option. Lower quality cowhides will start to lose their hair, will begin to curl up at the edges, and will lose that lustrous quality that really makes a cowhide a statement piece in your home.
8. I can’t find nice cowhides online.
Many people still believe that the only way to buy a cowhide is in person. When you are buying from a company that you trust, you should be able to find a high quality cowhide online. Buying in person does not necessarily guarantee that you are getting a quality product, especially when you cannot compare the price you are being asked to pay to the prices of other rugs. If you are looking to buy a beautiful cowhide rug, you have come to the right place! We have a wide variety of cowhide rugs in different colors, styles, and patterns.