Animal pelts, fur and leather have been used for as long as the earliest humans required them to survival against an unforgiving climate. A time where hunters believed that the pelts they wore bestowed the animal’s strength and spiritual powers on to them.
As mankind progressed many European societies saw these products as the very pinnacle of social wealth, class and status. These quirky rugs remain just as popular as ever today. Each rug bares natural characteristics and markings, just as every painting (even if replicated) is undeniably unique. The same principle can be applied to animal skin pelts. While the days of the upper-classes having a drawing room with a lion or polar bear pelt rug at its centre have (thankfully) long since ceased, there are other more warming and less garish options available.
From sheepskin and cowhides to springbok and (don’t tell the kids) reindeer, animals with rich and shiny coats can really add a layer of nature and warmth to your abode. One of the keys to having skins and pelts tying the room together is their luxurious softness – meaning they are perfect for rooms with hardwood flooring. Here are a few of our favourites:
Imported from South America, these rugs generate a combination of style and untamed elegance around a room. They add an equal level of class when negotiated outdoors as a wall hanging, or even as a throw over furniture. What’s more, our selection of cowhide rugs are the real McCoy and have been finished by professional tanneries using environmentally friendly processes.
Sheepskin rugs remain our favourite rug for warm and cosy winter nights spent in front of the fire. Key to this is the full and soft body that only comes from using the finest skins from our New Zealand supplier. This in turn provides years of comfort and luxury from the rug, making it perfect for lounging or rolling around on. Our sheepskin rugs come in a wide variety of colours ensuring that they fit into any home and with any décor.
As part of the Gazelle family and native to South Africa the Springbok hide is truly a multipurpose and durable product. Tribes in Africa would use Springbok skins to cover the roof of their huts, as well as fashion clothing and water containers. The unsaturated colours of a Springbok’s hide will bring serenity to your home.
Each of these rugs has their own individual maintenance and care tips that need to be adhered to in order to get the most from your furnishing. If you need any tips on how to get the most from your rug, don’t hesitate to ask our sales team. We are always happy to help.