Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rawhide Company is pleased to present limited edition cowhide area rugs available for shipping now - but HURRY! These items are only available while supplies last. Choose from three different sizes on 3 select styles below, or select from the Zig-Zag Stitched collection.


Choose from three sizes / exclusive availability:
4'x6' $299 each
6'x8 $439 each
9'x11' $659 each

Zig-Zag Stitching Area Rug - 4" Squares, Lined

Exclusive Availability:
9'X11' $789 (Mixed Palomino)


Zig-Zag Stitching Area Rug - 8" Squares, Lined

Exclusive Availbaility:
4'X6' $298 (Solid Palomino)
6'X8' $478 (Solid Palomino)

Please call us at 1-866-586-2901 to place your order!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Inside The Hide

When you look at a finished hide, whether in the natural or dyed to match a d├ęcor, the broad scope of processing it isn’t readily apparent. Sometimes, you may look at a piece of cowhide and think its one thing, when it’s really something else—the grain definition has been embossed into the leather. How is this done?

The original grain is removed and an artificial grain is pressed onto the surface. And several terms may mean the same thing. For example, when the genuine grain remains on the hide, the leather is called full grain or full top grain.

The better the quality of the hide, the less treatment it requires. Calfskins are finer than the hides of older animals—sort of like the difference between babies and their grandparents without the wrinkles. Actually, in a premium quality hide, you should see the “fat wrinkles”, the natural markings, and the hide ought to be supple to the touch. Those wrinkles create the unique beauty of each mature leather piece. Although calf skins are finer hides, they’re equal in durability and abrasion resistance to their elders. Why? Because the fiber structure of calfskin is by nature denser, tighter, and stronger than the mature hides.

Processing hides and skin into finished leather has three phases: pre-tanning, tanning, and finishing. (More on the processes of hide tanning later.) There is a fine distinction between each phase. Anything done to the hide after tanning becomes part of the finishing phase. This can include a wide variety of processes: dying, rolling, pressing, snuffing, embossing, glazing, water-proofing, stain-proofing, flame-proofing, as examples. Wow, seems like a lot of terms. Some are self-explanatory, like water-, stain-, and flame-proofing. Others you can figure out from everyday applications, like dying. However, some aren’t obvious and entail special equipment.

For example, glazing. This is a finish where the leather is put under tremendous pressure and the surface is polished to a high luster through the actions of glass on steel rollers. (Don’t get your fingers caught in that one.)

The final purpose of a cowhide determines how it’s finished. More than that, it dictates how it’s handled during the pre-tanning and what kind of tanning process works best for the end product. The Rawhide Company offers premium, genuine, full-haired cowhide rugs and cowhide home accessories directly to you—with free shipping. Peruse our website and select the perfect Christmas gift a special someone on your list.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blue, White and Brindle For The Holidays

We survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Phew. My fingers are tired from all that shopping, but I’m not quite finished. A lot of us struggle with finding that one different, new, yet uniquely tailored-to-the-person Holiday gift every year. And, yeah. It’s usually the same hard-to-buy-for person plaguing my list and wracking my brain every Holiday Season.

This year I’m getting help. Rawhide Company has ridden to my rescue. I had a ball this afternoon playing on their site. Like any money savvy shopper, I immediately went to Rawhide Company’s Value Cowhide Rug Collection. There I discovered a nifty idea in the form of Laser Cut Cowhide Rugs. Wow, the patterns and samples on the page stopped me in my tracks. Why hadn’t I explored this before? I’d been missing out big time.

After reading the short paragraph that invited me to “design-your-own custom laser hide rug”, I couldn’t resist. I spent the next hour playing with all the combinations of cowhides and patterns I could think up—and because I’m also a quilter, there were quite a few. You can design a rug of any dimension or color combination up to 30-feet square. With these endless choices, the possibilities keep growing, too. Regardless of furniture or room, you can custom fashion the perfect rug to reflect personal style.

A laser cut run designed just for the hard-to-buy for person on your list is the perfect gift idea. You can add accent cowhide pillows and a colorful cowhide for the wall to finish out the ensemble. Thanks, Rawhide Company, for helping me check off the hardest name on my shopping list before December 24th. And when you’re done with your list, how about a little something special from the Rawhide Santa for yourself?