7 March 2014 by funkyrugsblog
If there was such a thing as the Chinese Year of the Cow, we’d be in the thick of it. Cowhide rugs are the look of the moment. We know this because right now we have more than 150 styles and shapes on our website, and they’re selling faster than Stetsons at a Texas rodeo.
Once upon a time, cowhide was the look of the West – a tough, hard-wearing slab of bristly leather. Give it a good whack and the dust of the plains would rise into the breeze.
But that was then, and this is now. Cowhide rugs are soft, supple, and luxurious. And they come in colours and styles that would make a cowhand quake in his chaps.
The traditional shape and look of natural cowhide is still hugely popular. People can’t resist settling down on something as warm and inviting as a natural piece of cow-patterned cowhide. It brings out the animal in them. Even more so when the rug is printed to look like something glimpsed stalking through the tall grass of the Serengeti. Yes, cowhide rugs now come as faux leopard, cheetah, tiger, and zebra hides. And very lifelike they are too.
But that’s just the beginning of what inventive colourists and designers can do with cowhide. Cowhide rugs come in all shapes, patterns, and colours. There are patchwork cowhides made from complex geometrics or sewn to create a riot of playground colours. There are hides dyed acid bright or treated with metallic finishes in gold, silver, and bronze. And there are cowhides that just make you feel at home.
Our point is that cowhide rugs have come of age. They’ve left the ranch and the howl of the coyote far behind. Their rightful home is now on the floor of the hippest urbanite. Even if they do occasionally eat beans and dream of a campfire beneath the stars.