Friday, March 29, 2013

Cowhide Diversity

When you think of the word “cow”, the first thing that probably comes to mind is “black and white.” Why is this? Why do we always associate the word “cow” with the colors black and white? Even though the most common cow is the Holstein cow, which is typically black and white, there are many other breeds of cattle with a wide variety of unique colors.

Now, we know that a Holstein cow stands out very clearly because of its usual bold & beautiful black and white markings, but they can also be found in red and white. The Holstein cow is a breed of dairy cow, and are the world’s highest producing dairy animal which originated in Europe. They can now be seen in almost every pasture you pass by.

Most cowhide rugs are covered mostly with one color and then another contrasting color, they consist of a very bold large pattern.

Much like the Holstein cowhide rugs, the Salt and Pepper cowhide rugs also come in black and white. These kinds of hides can also be called 'speckled' hides because that is what the pattern is closely compared too.

The pattern on a Salt and Pepper cowhide rug has a naturally white base with speckles of one or more colors all throughout the rug. Holstein rugs can also have speckles of brown in them too.

Some of these hides are a tri-color, where there are brown, black and white speckles, these are a beautiful addition to any room because they can coordinate easily with any color furniture you might have. And - each one has a unique, natural look - no two are exactly alike!

Brindle cowhide rugs are very popular because they are so unique. Unlike the other rugs that we have mentioned, the Brindle hide is not spotted, it is more striped. This hide usually has a base color which covers the whole body and then there is a lighter or darker color over the top which gives the appearance of a striped or marbled look. These hides come in a wide variety of colors such as brown, black, grey and tan.

Closely related to the Salt and pepper cowhide, there is the Texas Mascot hide, otherwise known as The Longhorn hide. The Texas Longhorn is unique to Americans because it is the only cattle breed in America, without aid of man that can actually live on its own in America. They are known to be hardy, aggressive, and adaptable. This goes for these cowhide rugs too! They are truly adaptable to whatever your needs might be for it and will be the most “hardy” rug you will ever own.

So the next time you are in the market for a truly unique rug that is sure to fit right in with whatever your needs might be remember 'there is a cowhide for everyone'.

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