Monday, December 31, 2012

Rawhide Memories and Rowdy Yates

In the thrilling days of yesteryear when most television programs were filmed in black and white and Clint Eastwood was actually a kid, he co-starred as Rowdy Yates in a horse opera called Rawhide. Eric Fleming played the trail boss, Gil Favor, for the 217 programs. The stories were usually about people they met along the trail from San Antonio, TX to Sedalia, MO. Because this was a cattle drive, there were lots of cows—three thousand of them. (that's a whole lot of cowhide rugs, too)
The cattle were the underlying reason for Gil and Rowdy to get involved with the people they encountered. The cows were also the main consideration for when they moved, stopped, watered, and rested. They had to be kept fit and healthy. Each of those cows had a personality (sort of like how every cowhide rug is unique as well!) —even though none of them got billing on the marquee.
When I think about the series Rawhide now, I think about rugs, pillows, and d├ęcor. Just imagine how many rooms I could decorate with the hides of those three thousand cattle on that imaginary drive. Oh, yes. What do you want to bet Clint Eastwood has a cowhide rug in his man cave? And probably of picture of himself as Rowdy Yates, too.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Origin of The Rug

In today’s society, when you buy a rug, it is understood that the rug is to go on your floor, to cover up an area of the room, in order to make either your room feel warmer or cooler, or just to make a certain color “pop.”

However, originally rugs were made to protect the body from cold, to be spread before a seat of honor, to cover a table, couch, or wall, or to form the curtains of a tent. Rugs have always been an accessory, but not always in the way that we think of it being used.

The certainty of the origin of the rug is a mystery to say the least, but we do know that the floor coverings used by the early man were made using the skin of the animals, grass, and reed, with the crude skin of animals and mats used to serve as insulators in very cool temperatures. What animals you ask? Well, there is evidence of goats and sheep’s being sheared at 6000 B.C., and it’s certain that if a cow or bull were to come by, it would have been used too, but not only for its meat, but for its usefulness as a durable cowhide rug too.

Although the exact origin of the rug is a mystery, the discovery of the Pazyryk Rug had a magnificent impact on the rugs history. This rug was revealed in a Scythian interment heap dating from the 5th century B.C., and has characteristics of a modern Persian or Anatolian rug with Turkish knots, but because the rug did seem so well finished, it was assumed implicit knowledge that the root of the rug must have come earlier than in this point in history.

The rug, as of right now, does not have an exact origin, but does seem to have always had a specific purpose; interior or exterior design. While the rug has not always been specifically for the floor, it has always been used in various ways to express feeling, show culture, and denote warmth. The rug, also, seems to have originally been made out of animal hides, meaning that even though we are a modern company, we are keeping the tradition of the cowhide rug alive.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Beauty of Laser Cut

Stylish, chic, and loved by interior designers, the beauty of a laser cut cowhide rug cannot be matched. Especially when you consider that each one is custom designed to be just what you want it to be! Size, colors, shape, pattern...it's all for you to decide! Make a visit to our website to see a sampling of our work. While you're there, try our Try our design-your-own custom laser hide rug tool. Now's the perfect time to snag a laser cut area rug for your home. Over 50% savings turns your fabulous find into an economical one, too.

Have questions, call 1-866-586-2901 or contact us for pricing and availability.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Metallic Cowhide for the Designer's Christmas Wishlist

It's the time of year when we all start consulting the Christmas wishlists of our family and friends. Sometimes what you find on the list seems a little less than inspired. But every now and then, you find a wishlist that shouts designer! With its mix of glamour and nature, metallic cowhide rugs are finding their way onto the wishlists of savvy interior designers. Take a look at these images and you'll see why!





Have a designer, fashionista or glam loving person to buy for this year? You can't go wrong with a metallic cowhide rug. They'll love it on first site and know exactly where to put it to use.