While they traditionally indicate extravagance and wealth in the American ranching culture, they are, however, versatile and have been used with everything from vehicle interiors to furniture and fashion. They are most popularly used, however, in interior design. Because they generally are made from the hides of longhorn cattle they often provide a striking visual image since longhorns are famous for their variety of colored and patterned hides.
These rugs currently come in what experts call “a plethora of pattern and color variants”. You can find them in solid black, black and chestnut piebald, black and golden brindle, blue and strawberry roan, red, white, yellow and some spotted varieties. Experts insist regardless of the ambiance or style of your home it is possible to find just the right cowhide rug to help make your decor both beautiful and obviously unique.
Interestingly, they are also great for people who suffer from allergies. After all, cowhide is not fur but fine hair. The skin beneath the hair is quite durable and the pattern of a cowhide rug will not fade or mottle with age or use.
While shearling or fur rugs may easily shed or get patchy Unlike some fur or shearling rugs they do not easily become patchy from frequent use or in high traffic areas, cowhide rugs will endure. They are also reportedly smooth and “cool to the touch” even in hot summer weather. This is yet another reason why they are exceptional as floor rugs and couch covers.
Cowhide rugs generally stay wherever you put them. The “rough out” or the “soft-treated” underside even works as its own anti-skid surface. Drape them over your leather couch or use them on your hardwood floors, they will stay in place.
Cowhide rugs work as wall displays too. The unusual texture and appearance can serve as an exotic backdrop for small wall hangings, photographs or even as central pieces. The actual drape and weight of the rugs make them good for decorative bed throws and blankets too.
Cowhide rugs are easy to care for as well. They can be vacuumed (in the same direction of the hair) with the hose attachment. They can also be shook as well as wiped off with a dry cloth in order to ensure that the hair retains its natural luster. If you are using a cowhide rug as an actual rug it should also be turned on a regular basis so that it wears evenly.
So add some style, uniqueness or “western glamor” to your home decor. Cowhide rugs are both versatile and striking. They are both flexible yet heavy, eye-catching and brightly colored and can add something to any home decor.