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Leather Cowhide Rugs and Mats

As soon as someone arrives at your home, make a statement. Place a leather, fur, or sheepskin rug in the foyer so your visitors can admire its beauty. Spotted black and white cowhide rugs are especially flashy and good looking. These leather rugs feel rich and luxurious against bare feet, and decorators often use the accessory to anchor a room in earthy tones, thereby bringing the outdoors inside.

Floor Rugs

Children and animals do not wear down tough-wearing cowhide rugs. Place one under a glass coffee table or in the centre of the room as a focal piece. The hides wipe up easily with a damp cloth to collect spills and food. Many examples contain a sueded backing to prevent slipping and don't require extra maintenance. To clean a hide, simply vacuum or shake out the dust. If you object to using a natural hide, imitation specimens made from 100 percent acrylic are available that look like the real thing.

Runners

Leather cowhide runner rugs are just the right size for a hallway or decorator piece in front of a fireplace. Sizes range from 70 by 120 to 240 by 330 centimetres or even larger. Some cowhide designs are hand-stitched by artisans into a chevron, chequer or other pattern. In most cases, hides are sourced from tanneries, which use by-products from the meat industry to make these attractive rugs. When choosing a natural hide, rugs that contain branding marks and shiny coats are the most desirable.

Other Rugs

Some people use smaller cowhide mats and rugs as wall hangings or drape them over a chair. When you want a welcoming addition to a bedroom or other private area, consider a leather cowhide shag rug measuring about 0.635 centimetres thick. A thicker rug will not curl up on the edges as readily as a thinner one.

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