One well-known interior designer is known to have been fond of telling clients that every room “ought to have a touch of black, a touch of white and a little animal.“
This style diva believed in contrast and was fond of the dramatic impact that an animal print has on even the most traditional of rooms. Today, those concepts are as appropriate as they ever were. Adding a zebra print cowhide rug to a room lifts it out of the ordinary, speaks to an informed and advanced sense of style and imbues any decor with a bit of whimsy. It also fulfills the designer’s dictum.
Interestingly, animal hides were once a mark of high status, viewed as icons of a particular kind of privileged lifestyle.
On the opposite end of the style spectrum, cowhide rugs were relegated to bunkhouse floors or were used to warm rustic cabins in the mountains.
Today, the high-style popularity of cow hide has returned. Zebra cowhide rugs are a trendy option. In fact, opulent apartments from New York to San Francisco, from Miami to Paris, sport animal hide on everything from floors to boudoir accessories. Natural hides are very popular, but the newest looks are patterned, dyed and metallic cowhides.
A Contemporary Flair
The graphic black and white zebra pattern lend a sophisticated appeal to many settings, particularly the clean, spare look of a modern design. But a zebra rug can also lift a traditional room out any lingering “stuffiness,” bringing it instantly into the world of 21st Century lifestyles. While having a real zebra skin would not only be insensitive, but possibly illegal, in today’s eco-conscious circles, there is no denying the design impact.
The ability to simulate that exotic animal looks on a cowhide means you need have no guilt. Zebra designs are also stunning as artful wall hangings, and can even be used effectively as sofa throws. Because natural cowhides vary in size and have interesting contours, they add a playful touch in many settings. Used as accent rugs on an otherwise bare floor, they add warmth and pattern to a room. They can create an intimate conversation area in a large room or anchor a pair of chairs in front of a fireplace.
Realistic zebra-patterned cowhides are durable and versatile enough to use in any room of the home. They are easy to position, light and easy to move about and require little care. Most spills are quickly blotted with only warm water and a soft cloth. With proper tanning, the hide’s natural oils resist dust, remain supple and don’t show wear. Also, natural hides are hypoallergenic and will not support the growth of mold or mildew.
Why not consider a zebra cow hide for your home?