How To Choose Your Cowhide Rug
Gorgeous Creatures has a large selection of cowhides to choose from.
It might seem overwhelming, but realistically there are only a few hides that will match your personal selection criteria.
You need to think about these things:-
- Size: What size cowhide you need?
- Price: What do you need to spend?
- Colour: What colour suits your decor?
- Love: Which hide makes your heart sing?
If you can't come into the Gorgeous Creatures showroom, we can sort through our current stock and find a cowhide rug that best matches your needs.
Then we can email you all the details including good photos of our suggested cowhide rugs for your approval.
Step 1) Cowhide Size
How big is the room or space? How big is the coffee table that will rest on top of the hide?
Do you mind if some of the hide is partly hidden underneath your furniture?
Straight away this will narrow down the field to a much less daunting number of options.Don't forget that it is perfectly OK for some of the cowhide rug to go under furniture. This helps to anchor a room setting of furniture.
And try to position a cowhide rug on a 45 degree angle to furniture for best effect.
Step 2) Cowhide Price
Decide what your budget will be for a cowhide rug. We use square meters as the way of measuring and pricing our cowhides.
So the size & price are proportional. A smaller cowhide rug costs much less than a larger cowhide rug.
Be wary of cheap cowhide sold online. These are likely to be low quality and will develop issues like "hair loss" and "edge curling" very quickly. And cheap hides often say they are large when they are actually small.
Step 3) Cowhide Colour
Decide what colours you like and what you think will suit your interior décor.
We can help you with this decision and make suggestions.
Be open minded, sometimes it is a colour that you have not considered that is actually perfect.
So many times people have come into our showroom wanting a black & white cowhide but they go home with something they never thought of before.
Don't try to match colours like browns perfectly with wood or fabric colours.
Now we are really narrowing the options down. By now there will probably be about 2-3 rugs left to consider.
Step 4) Comparison Elimination
Now you need to start comparison elimination. Just ask yourself, do I like this skin better than that skin? Be honest. Does it bring you joy!
Eliminate one of the pair, do it again until you have one or two cowhide rugs left. Eventually one hide will be the ultimate winner.
See which cowhide you justify & defend the most! That's the one! Your subconscious knows even if you conscious doesn't know yet.
If you are in New Zealand, take these animal skins home on approval to see how they look in your home.
Look at them in natural light and at night under artificial light.
Take a few days to consider these selected hides and by default one of the cowhide rugs will become your favourite. Easy right!!!
If you live outside New Zealand the only way is to make a decision and buy a cowhide rug knowing that you can return it if you are not happy.
What to Look For in a Good Quality Cowhide Rug
- The skins should have an even balanced natural shape - all four legs intact
- Healthy glossy hair is critical on a good quality cow skin rug
- Aesthetically beautiful colour & markings - personal preference you need to LOVE it!
- No ugly scared brands (some pretty brands are acceptable). Generally no brands are visible
- No visible reinforcements or repairs from the hairy top side
- No bald patches or cuts are acceptable at all
Don't buy a cowhide rug until you have watched this video!