Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Cowhide History: Always Natural, Always Unique

Cowhides, like cows themselves - have a rich and unique history.

Each hide pattern is unique, and no two hides will ever be exactly the same. Some of the more popular cowhide breeds are the Holstein and the Longhorn.

The Holstein breed originated almost 2,000 years ago in the Netherlands. The black cows and white cows of the Batavians and Friesians were bred, and they eventually evolved genetically into the black and white cows known today as the Holstein-Friesian. These are the standard of the 'dairy cow' image, and you see this breed on the Chick-Fil-A commercials and signs.

The Longhorn cattle breed became the bedrock of the American cattle industry in the newly discovered Americas a little over 500 years ago. The first herds were driven northward out of Mexico to a mission near the Sabine River in Texas. The early missions and settlers would not easily survive in this new environment, but the Longhorn did.

Natural cowhides
come in a variety of colors and patterns. At Raw Hide Company, colors range from the classic black and white cowhide, to the multicolor speckled salt and pepper cowhides, to brindle cowhides (which have a natural “stripe” down the middle) to solid blonde, white, or black. Some cowhides are individually silkscreened using wild-animal skinprints to give the hide the look of a zebra, tiger, jaguar or leopard.

Cowhides have many useful purposes – from main area and accent rugs to wall hangings, to sofa throws or pillows and - the uses are endless. Since no two hides will ever be the same, each can be considered its own little work of art. Use anywhere in your home or office to fit your own unique personality.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Go Wild, Girlfriend

Animal prints are (still) all the rage in almost every aspect of design…especially with teenage girls!

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to express herself in her very own room? Finding the perfect accessories are key to bringing the room all together. And - if you know the color of your BFF's room - you can get something fresh and funky - that MATCHES!

If you've already got bright paint on the walls (like a bright, vibrant, hot-pink!) contrast it with a bold black and white zebra-stripe print cowhide rug. A dark red room makes for an exotic look when paired with a cheetah-print. Of course - a brown and white holstein rug design looks beautiful against a soft, feminine shade of pink.

Rawhide Company.com is the place to find the perfect finishing touch to the room’s d├ęcor.

Whether it’s a funky Leopard print lamp-shade (made from cowhide material!), Zebra stripe bedding, a hot-pink cowhide rug, a animal-inspired throw cowhide pillow or animal print cowhide rug, your girl will go wild over her room!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Inspirations

With Easter just behind us, there's no doubt we're in to SPRING. What can you do to bring some Springtime color into your home? Perhaps a simple solid color cowhide rug may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you wanted to get a bit more fancy you could make your own custom designed area rug by creating and buying a Laser Cut Cowhide (which would also work very nicely for a Mother's Day Gift or Father's Day Gift since the Spring gift-giving season is underway)!

The Monochrome Cowhides come in so many different colors, you are sure to find something that fits your style. And if you decide to use the Laser Cut technology, then you can incorporate any number of these colors into one larger, custom area rug for you or the person you love.