These days, cowhide rugs are considered one of the most stylish accessories you can add to any home. If you are planning to place a rug in your home or office to enhance the ambience, a cowhide rug could be the right choice.
Cowhide is a natural byproduct of the cattle industry. It is used to produce various products ranging from home decorations to fashion accessories such as bags and wallets.
After they remove excess fat, meat, and preservatives from the hide, professional tanners employ a tanning process to ensure the production of high quality cowhide rugs. This process prevents the natural course of decay while enhancing its flexibility and durability.
There are two forms of tanning processes – the vegetable tanning process and the chromium tanning process. Vegetable tanned cowhide rugs are durable and have a natural looking quality because of natural ingredients, like tree bark, used in the process. On the other hand, the chromium tanning process uses chrome salt in its chemical solution to ensure that the finished product has uniform texture and soft to the touch.
Cowhide rugs are available in a wide variety of textures and patterns, although the process of cleaning them is basically the same. In fact, unless otherwise stated in the instructions, there are no special cleaning procedures or equipment required to clean your rug. You can simply vacuum it or give it a shake outdoors to get rid of dust and other small particles. Never throw the cowhide rug in the washer or expose it to direct sunlight. Spot clean the rug using a damp soapy cloth or sponge and wipe it in the direction of the hair.
When properly maintained, your cowhide rug can last for a long time; you can even pass it on to your children.