Friday, August 30, 2013

Early American Leather

There is hardly a picture of historic America that shows the people where you can’t count the number of ways they depended on leather in their daily lives. For the first couple centuries of settlement and frontier expansion in America, leather was a staple much like flour and tea or coffee. They were not unique.

The Indians used treated cowhides and other animal hides for shelter, clothing, shoes, and tool-making. Tribes used different methods to prepare the leather, so there were as many degrees of fine leather as there were large villages. Their skills in making soft, pliable, water-shedding buckskin has never been equaled. Most foreign traders sought the fine leather goods the Indians offered.

Getting back to the colonists, they needed leather for basics like clothing, shoes, door hinges, fire buckets, tableware, coach springs, and countless other uses. Cowhides were prized and used for saddles, jackets, and boots. And why not? It’s wonderfully versatile in the effects a designer can achieve on a hide. That same hide can be cut, burned, carved, and embellished with everything from studs to rawhide strips. The method used for tanning determines whether the finished hide becomes soft, furry leather or hard, slick leather. Regardless of finish, the durability and waterproof properties are unequalled.

It seems the folks in Colonial times depended on leather and leather products in much the same way our present culture depends on petroleum and petroleum products. Man’s love for leather hasn’t diminished over the centuries. Today, we have the luxury of enjoying the past in the comfort of today’s advances. We can hang a beautifully printed exotic cowhide or a natural cowhide on our walls and also use them as cowhide rugs. Just go to Rawhide Company and choose a hide or two (or three!) for yourself.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Do You See A Pattern Here?

Natural Cowhide Rugs are becoming a very popular accessory in American home decor, being reminiscent of our western heritage in America. They come in a large variety of colors and patterns and Rawhide Company has the largest selection of high quality Cowhides on the web. All our superior quality Brazilian full-haired cowhides are available as decorative pillows as well.

Holstein cowhides have a large percentage of their surface covered by two boldly contrasting colors in a large pattern and usually come in white and brown or white and black, but these hides can also have gradation from brown to black in their markings. Holsteins are very intrinsic to the traditional southwestern decor. Brown and white cloud pattern cowhides are also available. The salt and pepper pattern is also very popular, and that is usually a background of white with a spattering of black. The most popular design in natural cowhide is the cloud pattern, and that would be the black and white cloud pattern cowhide.

Mixed cowhides are taking advantage of the full natural range of markings, having large Holstein-like patches that segue into salt-and-pepper speckles. Rather than sticking to two colors, mixed hides may mingle black, white, and shades of brown throughout, in a combination unique to the individual hide.

For that decor that demands a more subtle blend of colors, the brindle cowhides are the answer. Brindled hides contain a natural stripe down the center of the hide right out to the edges and can come in a variety of colors, including black and brown, black and gray, and gray and tan. The traditional black, white and brown tricolor or exotic cowhide rug stands out for it's traditional recognition quality.

The possibilities are endless and offer a large choice to complement any suitable decor, and especially southwest decor. To sum up, popular patterns include solid colors, cloud patterns, salt and pepper cowhide patterns, brindle patterns and tricolor. Colors include deep black, off-white, various shades of brown, gray and even reddish brown. Of course, at Rawhide Company, naturally light-toned hides can also be dyed to any color without compromising feel and suppleness. For our exotic print cowhides, we individually silkscreen using wild-animal skinprints. And from there ,we can over dye in a rainbow of colors.

There are no limits!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Frat House Decor

Nothing says 'hip' and 'masculine' like a stylish, clean cowhide rug. Cowhide rugs make a great accent for any living space, large or small - even at fraternity house full of guys.

Decorating a fraternity chapter room can be difficult; after all, often times the room is extremely large and just looks empty without much furniture. Not a great look for the place you will call home and to entertain in.

For man-inhabited dwellings, especially in the South - it's not unusual to see the rewards of hunts mounted on the wall, a 12 pointer above the mantel - that rustic, manly look of a typical MAN CAVE.

Whatever the situation - and regardless of who lives there - one thing is certain - a cowhide rug can add serious personality to class up your space - BIG TIME. It's the perfect cost-effective solution to adding spectacular style to your interior.

At Rawhide Company you can even choose colors that could potentially be the color of your crest or school colors. Make your fraternity room or living space, a room where tired and weary guys can come, prop their feet up, and enjoy some good fellowship.