Cow hide rugs are extremely luxurious and stylish. While they might conjure up images of a natural cottage or farmhouse to many, the top designers in interior decorating are moving towards this trend in elegant homes. The stunning look is just of the reasons for this shift in design.

One of the reasons that cowhide rugs are becoming so popular is because they are extremely durable. They can handle vicious wear and tear. Unlike other rugs that will become worn in color and feeling, cow hide actually improves with time. It will continue to hold up under pressure, but it will become softer and more luxurious. It develops a worn in feeling without appearing dingy.

This goes hand in hand with the fact that they are easy to care for. They require so little maintenance. If something is spilled on the cow skin, it only needs to be wiped up with a damp sponge or cloth. It does not need any sort of product to keep it in proper condition, and it does not stain very easily at all. If you have a home with kids or animals, you do not have to worry about them damaging the cowhide rug.

While they are often described as cowskin rugs, they can be used for so much more than that. You can hang it over the back of a couch to add more of a flare to that section of the living room. You can lay it across the bottom of a guest bed to keep the room looking vibrant even when it is not in use. To really make a statement with your cow hide, you could hang it on the wall as a piece of art.

After you have had the cow skin for a while, it becomes much more soft and pliable. It may even get to the point where you can use it as a blanket or throw. It may not be the cuddliest due to its stiffer material, but it will certainly be warm on the coldest nights.

Cow hides come in a wide variety of colors. You can opt for various shades of brown and white cowskins or black, white and black mix, or you can find something a little less natural. Cow skins can be dyed or stained reds, golds, or any other color. There are even cowhide rugs that are metallic and shiny cowhides. All the colors and varieties hold up the same way. The only difference is what your personal preference is regarding the color.

Even if you have never considered decorating your home with a cowhide, take a look at what is out there. As interior designers are appreciating this classic accessory more and more, style options are being created for every individual.

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