Don’t let your misconceptions about cowhide rugs hold you back from putting a unique and stylish cowhide rug in your home. Just like leather, cowhide is a wonderful, durable, safe, and functional product for everyday use. Let’s tackle some misconceptions about cowhide rugs one at a time.
Misconception: Cowhides Smell Bad
Cows smell like cows. Cowhides do not. Cowhides have either no smell or the faint, pleasant smell of leather. Any faint leather smell will fade over time. Even pets don’t smell any foul animal odor on cowhide rugs. Dogs and cats will treat this rug just like any other rug in the house, so don’t worry about them chewing or marking on your cowhide rug.
Misconception: Cowhides Are Hard to Clean
Cowhide rugs are no harder to clean than any other type of rug. They can be vacuumed, brushed, and cleaned regularly without damaging them. To vacuum a cowhide rug, you simply push the vacuum in the direction of the hairs. The vacuum will not damage the hairs. Spills are easy to clean too. Cowhide rugs don’t require special equipment or products. While carpets are easy to stain, cowhide rugs are actually extremely resistant to staining. If you spill anything on a cowhide rug, it can be easily spot cleaned with a towel and a mild shampoo solution.
Misconception: Cows Are Killed for Their Hides Alone
One of the biggest myths about cowhide rugs is that cows are killed for their hides. The cowhides we use are salvaged from animals raised for the meat and dairy industry. Unlike most other cowhide companies, we do not buy cowhides in bulk. We personally source our cowhides one-by-one to get you the highest quality, and we know where each cowhide comes from.
Misconception: Cowhides Have Toxic Chemicals in Them
Cowhides do not have toxic chemicals in them. Unlike carpeting, cowhides are a natural material. Just like leather, cowhides go through the tanning process. This process preserves the animal hide, but it does not leave any toxic residue behind. We are a family-owned and operated company with three generations of tannery experience. We process our hides to the highest standards, and we stand behind the quality and safety of our products for your home.
Misconception: Cowhides Are Not Durable
Cowhides are, in fact, exceptionally durable. There is hardly a natural material more versatile and durable than leather. That’s why it’s used for boots, belts, upholstery, straps, and anything else that needs to stand up to heavy use for a long time. Likewise, cowhide rugs stand up to years of regular use. If you take care of your cowhide rug, it will hold up its good looks for much longer than any other type of rug.
Misconception: You Should Only Buy Cowhides in Person
While it’s a great experience to shop for a cowhide rug in person, that isn’t practical for everyone. That’s why we offer detailed images of our pieces online, a customer service concierge team, and a 30-day risk-free trial. We provide all this so that you have the information and resources you need to pick out an exceptional cowhide rug online, but if it doesn’t work out for any reason you can return the rug for a full refund.
Hopefully we’ve cleared up any misconceptions about cowhide rugs you might have had. If we’ve convinced you and you’re ready to pick out your own beautiful rug, check out our selection here. If you still have some doubts or questions, contact us today to learn more about our products and our process.