Monday, May 14, 2018

How To Use Cowhide Rugs - Tips

I have had several questions about my cowhide rug in the family room - where did I get it and how do I like it - cleaning & etc.  The question I get the most is how to angle it in a room.  So here is the scoop from my point of view.  I wrote this post when I first got the rug for my last house 2 years ago, so I am going to just repeat most of it.

I went on pinterest to see if there were any  tried and true rules for how to angle a cowhide rug and found out they are showcased a dozen different ways.  It all depends on the room.



This appears to be a pretty standard direction if they are layered over a rug.

I am like everyone else, I love a cowhide rug and they can make a room look totally amazing.  I love the one I found at Cowhides International.  They have tons to choose from with prices starting at just $99 for smaller ones and you can also shop by color.  That is what interested me the most.  I wanted something that was light in color so it would pop off my dark floors.  I talked to them on the phone and told them the color I was looking for and the lady sent me two pics of ones that she thought fit my description. She said the two she emailed the pics to me hadn't been entered in the computer yet, but she thought it sounded like what I was looking for.  They have pictures of tons of them online that you can see and it will be the actual rug you would get.  The picture of this one was exactly what I wanted, so she sent it out and I got it in about 3 days.  ( They did not compensate me in anyway, but they were super helpful.  Just passing on the info. )  Oh, just so you know, mine is really large 7.5' x 8' and the cost was $329.

(Here is what I shared in the original post)
Now comes the part that I have been playing with forever and so has everyone I know.  We have angled this rug a million different ways.  I first had it this way, then decided it was not right.

I love this pretty palomino spot on the side, so I want to make sure it shows.

Ok, back to my rug.  Several of you suggested that I angle the rug horizontal like the picture above.  That just really didn't look right in my room, so I did a modified version.

I like it semi-horizontal and think it looks really well turned that way.  Better than so perpendicular like I originally showed.  Here is the original way - -

and now - - -  Better right?

Here is that same rug in the family room of my new house.  I think it is a show stopper in this room too.  Here I have it angled so it fits between all four chairs in the room.

Now to answer the question of how do I like mine-love, love, love it.  This is the easiest rug I have ever owned and I love the statement it makes in any room.

How do I clean it.  Just a damp rag.  This is real cowhide, so just like a cow gets washed off in the field, you just wash off any stain with a slightly wet rag and done. (Now I haven't spilled red wine on mine yet, so not sure about that.)  Since there is real hair on the rug, I am careful to vacuum with my stick vacuum that does not have a brush roller so I don't disturb how the hair naturally lays on the hide.  The Dust Buster also works great for any little clean up needs.

So what do you think, do you have any tried and true rules for how to display a cowhide rug?

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  1. Marty you do these rugs beautifully. They go so well with your decor. Very elegant and pretty.
    Have a great new week.

  2. Cowhides are elegant and stylish accent pieces and they often contribute to a more inviting and casual atmosphere without compromising on elegance. A beautiful cowhide rug can be a very beautiful focal point in a living room.
    carpet cleaning nj :)

  3. This is a great post I have ever read on Cowhide rug. Surely it is an awesome part of home decoration. It not only enhances the beauty of the room but also makes comfortable feeling in the mind of the home owner. I like the way you presented the topic. Thanks for sharing.