Friday, January 28, 2011

Area Rugs To The Rescue

It's not always easy to pick the perfect area rug (or any interior accessory for that matter). Maybe your space already has a specific flavor - and it's proving very difficult to find a proper compliment to what you already have going on. Or, maybe you haven't designed your space, and have a rug picked out that you just LOVE - but do not want to design your entire space around one piece (like the Kohler commercial about the perfect faucet that the client wants an entire kitchen built around).

Instead - why not opt for a cowhide custom designed laser cut area rug? With this option - the possibilities are endless - and chances are - you will create the perfect accessory for the vision of your space. You get to choose the size, the patterns and the colors! In the end - it's your own custom creation and the perfect complement to your space.

You might like the patchwork style, checkerboard or tiled - or maybe you want something more solid, trimmed and cut with a pattern.

At Rawhide Company - we've got them all. From natural cow hide rugs to custom exotic printed cowhides, to laser pattern cut area rugs. You can always find what will be the perfect pair to your interior design at Rawhide Company!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cleaning and Deodorizing Cowhide Rug

Imagine this…you are relaxing by the fireplace with a book and a nice glass of red wine. Uh-oh, your glass spills on….your new COWHIDE RUG! What are you going to do? You’re NOT going to worry! Genuine cowhide rugs (like the ones from Rawhide Company) are very simple and easy to maintain and keep clean.

For wine stains (and most others) on your cowhide rug, just soak up spills with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. Finally, clean with a damp cloth using a diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution.

There are several things you can do to protect against stains - one is purchase some suede waterproofing spray, but confirm first that it won't discolor your natural hide coloration. This will help protect your cowhide rug against stains, before they occur. For simpler stains or spills, just a damp cloth will usually do the trick.

But, don’t forget, your cowhide rug CAN NOT be put in the washer or dry cleaned!

If you fold your cowhide rug - this is fine; as it's a durable natural skin/hide. However, to get the creases out, you should simply let the cowhide lay flat for a few days - and the creases should resolve. If you need to, place a few weights (like books, or heavy, flat items) on the creases to help them flatten out.

It's also safe to vacuum your cowhide; or take it outside and shake it off. It’s there's an odor associated with your rug - has a sweaty or clammy smell - it most likely needs to be deodorized. The first thing that you can do to deodorize your rug is simply to hang it outdoors. Let the fresh air takeover your rug and the smell should be very fresh when you bring it back in your house. If the natural way doesn’t take care of that smell, simply use a powdered carpet deodorizer. These are great for carpets or rugs, and are guaranteed to get rid of odd odors.

While they are a super-durable and very stylish rug, genuine cowhide hair-on-hides need to be cared for the same way you would any other home accessory. Of course, if you ever have any questions, we are here for you. Just call or visit Rawhide Company for the answers to cleaning and deodorizing your cowhide.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Design Trends For 2011

While checking out ALL the new design trends for 2011, I couldn’t help but notice Rawhide Company is the PERFECT place to find most of these FAB new design ideas! So - we've compiled some of these ideas here, and are passing them on to you.

2011 DESIGN TREND #1
Bold Animal Skins & Pattern
Once again, animal prints and bold designs are all the rage. We have the best selection of exotic animal print cowhides for the wild at heart! Can't decide on the pattern or print? Well - Rawhide Company can create a limitless array of patterns, shapes and designs for our custom laser cut hide area rugs!

2011 DESIGN TREND #2
Soft, pale neutral palettes
One of our naturally light-toned hides can soften any décor-by touch and sight, if you're looking to have a more relaxing, toned-down look in your space. Our Monochrome collection of solid natural colored cowhide rugs are a great place to look to create this look.

2011 DESIGN TREND #3
Small accent tables
While Rawhide Company doesn’t actually sell side tables, we do have some smaller hides to go underneath such a table, or you can buy one of our small cowhide rugs from our Value Collection and make a few lamps or frames to “accent” a table or two or you can you can just drape the hide over the table! Get crafting in 2011! Many of our clients use our cowhides in their interior accents and other craft projects.

2011 DESIGN TREND #4
Eco-friendly materials and organics
Our hides are tanned naturally, and do not pose a risk to children or animals. They are eco-friendly, because the processes they go through pollutes less during manufacturing - and cowhides are an efficient use of the animal's resources. Plus, Rawhide Company is an active participant in our local communities and gives a minimum of 5% of our profits every year to a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations—and that’s something we can all definitely feels good about!

2011 DESIGN TREND #5
Rustic or natural fibers such as linen and burlap (or RAWHIDE)
With rustic décor one would typically design with natural elements-trees, natural horn antlers, and wildlife and in many earthy colors. Cowhides are a great way to tie in the rustic style to any interior.

2011 DESIGN TREND #6
Metallics
Everyone likes a little “sparkle” and with metallic accents being a major component in design this year- one of our metallic print cowhide rug is sure to fit in to any design - and any budget. If you've got more browns and Earthy-tones, opt for the gold metallic accent rug. We've also got a bright red version - in both gold and silver.

2011 DESIGN TREND #7
AND, OF COURSE, PILLOWS, PILLOWS AND MORE PILLOWS! And make sure they're COWHIDE PILLOWS! 'Nuff said!

Whatever your taste is for the New Year, the simple luxury of natural hides in your interior decor references both our history, as well as the wide-open outdoors: the joyous variety offered by natural hides can create space or pull it together, can warm furniture or spruce up a wall, can drape a bed in climb-into-me softness or floor an office in straightforward ruggedness.