I am currently obsessed with cowhide, for a few reasons:
- They look great in any of the design styles fit for us Gents.
- They last, I saw one that was twelve years old and still looked great.
- They are easy to maintain, a hosepipe and some dish washing soap is all that’s needed to clean them.
I like them so much I bought this one for myself.
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few examples of cow hide rugs featured in different design styles to prove my point.
The most obvious choice for a rug of this nature, it fits in well with the natural textures and hues of the Rustic Style. The browns of the timber and brickwork can be matched perfectly to similar colours found in the hide.
Source: Dering Hall
The colour palette often associated with the traditional style fits perfectly with the natural colours of the cowhide. Rich browns for the timber floors and cream, white or beige match to paint.
Source: for the love of a house
A style that can, like Industrial, seem cold is warmed by the addition of the natural colours and texture of a cowhide. A great contrast to the stark furniture arrangement and crisp white walls.
Source: Helen & Co
As not characterised by any one thing in particular a cowhide fits well with the Eclectic style. One needs to be cautious to not let the clutter get the better of them and make the rug a stand out feature. Alternatively, ensure the rug matches the existing colour palette and ties in nicely with another aspect of the design.
Source: Dear Designer
Cowhide is a versatile material and adds interest to any room, but please ensure it comes form an ethical source. It is best to buy hides from sources that acquire them from the meat industry, as the skins are a byproduct and would only be discarded if not sold. Be sure the animals live good lives and are from farms that treat their livestock ethically, i.e. free range not factory farms. This not only speaks to the treatment of the cows but the quality of the hide.
Whatever style or form you decide to use it in cow hide is a great addition to a space, and what is more manly than a natural raw animal hide to adorn his castle.
“And when a design is completed, it should seem natural and obvious. It should look like it is always been this way. And it should last” – Roger Black
The Nguni cow is indigenous to Southern African and has some of the most varied and magnificent coats I’ve seen. From white to grey, black to brown, dappled to spotted. If you would like to purchase a hide follow my affiliate link, by clicking the button below, and use the phrase Gentleman as the coupon code at check out.
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