Although there may be some consumers that are unwilling to consider animal skin rugs as a potential part of their décor, there are many different types of animal skins available on the market. Today, these are predominantly available as a bi-product of the meat industry, with cowhide being dyed in different animal print patterns. The zebra and tiger print skins available would be very suitable for a rural home with natural skin rugs in tans and browns, fit in well with many contemporary colour schemes.
The soft and warm texture of cowhide rugs is aesthetically appealing, and ties in well with leather or suede furniture. The range is not only limited to simple cowhide skins or printed hides. Suede rugs are soft underfoot and the range of colours from blacks and slate-grey to reds and greens can fit into any colour scheme. Suede shaggy rugs take the texture of suede to the next level, with, not only soft texture, but depth that you can sink your toes into.
Plain hide or leather rugs are attractive and varied, but a rug that holds pride of place in many homes is the sheepskin. Strong and durable these fleeces are warm and soft, and feature in many bedrooms and hearths. Natural fleece is a unique material that can never be truly recreated synthetically.
For the consumer who does not ethically agree with the use of animal skins, there are synthetic alternatives. Woollen and synthetic sheepskins are affordable and easier to maintain, these may be an option if fleeces are required in multiple rooms, as sheepskins are still amongst the more expensive rug materials. Animal print rugs are popular, particularly in children’s bedrooms, with zebra and tiger stripes available from most online rug specialists.
Ethics is not the only thing to think about when making the decision between skin or synthetic. Suede in particular is very difficult to clean, as are sheepskin rugs, and both types of rugs require specialist cleaning. This potentially limits size options, and many retailers only stock small or medium rugs. By definition, hides are only the size of the animal they came from, so again, dimension options are limited. In general, rugs from animal skin are more expensive than synthetic options, and are not as readily available.
Rug Zone offers a range of sheepskin, suede and leather rugs in a surprising range of sizes and colours. These are occasionally out of stock, due to their popularity and relative scarcity.