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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.

If you can't come into the Gorgeous Creatures showroom, we can sort through our stock and find a cowhide rug that best matches your needs.

Then we can email you all the details including photos of our suggested cowhide rugs for your approval.

Step 1) Size

Cowhide rug in room settingFirst, think about the size of the area the cowhide rug will be used in. 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 it is partly hidden underneath 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 position a cowhide rug on a 45 degree angle to furniture for best effect. And position a cowhide rug on a 45 degree angle to furniture.

  • A very small rug is under 2sqm 'square metres'
  • A small rug isfrom 2.1msq - 2.7msq 'square metres'
  • A small medium rug is from 2.8msq - 3.05msq 'square metres'
  • A medium rug is from 3.1msq - 3.45msq 'square metres'
  • A large medium rug is from 3.5msq - 3.8msq 'square metres'
  • A large rug is from 3.85msq - 4.2msq 'square metres'
  • An extra large rug can be over 4.3msq 'square metres' 

  • Step 2) Price

    Decide what your budget will be for a cowhide rug. We use square meters as the way of measuring and pricing our cow skins. 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.

    Step 3) Colour

    Decide what colours you like and what you think will suit your interior décor.

    Black & white hides or chocolate brown & white hides are popular but maybe a light beige or dark brown exotic hide will add more impact or blend better with your home? We can help you with this decision.

    Be open minded, sometimes it is a colour that you have not considered that is actually perfect. Don't try to match colours like browns perfectly with wood colours.

    Now we are really narrowing the options down. By now there will probably be about 2-4 rugs left to consider.

    Step 4) Elimination

    Now you need to start comparison elimination. Just ask yourself, do I like this skin better than that skin, eliminate one of the pair, do it again until you have one or two cowhide rugs left.

    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 Cow Skin 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 cow skin rug until you have watched this video!

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