Some Myths about Cowhides - Cowhides With Special Quality

In Decohides, I constantly receive inquiries from our customers about some false Myths about Cowhides. They make questions about how bad a Cowhide would smell, if cows are killed for their skin, or how resistant they are. For this reason, we want to talk about false Myths about Cowhides. In fact, I understand these concerns are totally valid.


So, today I would like to share some facts about Cowhides that will definitely clear the above-mentioned concerns.


Myths about Cowhides: Do Cowhides smell bad? 

Yes and no. Basically, a Cowhide is a natural product; it is actually a real animal skin. For this reason, its natural smell might be too strong for some people. So, this type of Myths about Cowhides, have a certain reason to be.


Nevertheless, if a tannery uses good tanning products and there is high-quality control implemented like we have at Decohides, be assured that your cowhide will have a nice natural leather odor no matter what weather do you live in.


Myths about Cowhides: Are cows killed for their skin?

Absolutely not! Undoubtedly, this is one of the most false Myths about Cowhides.


Cows are raised for dairy products and meat. It does not sound like a beautiful practice especially if you are a vegetarian, but that is the truth.


Cattle are raised up to some age (usually 1 year when they reach 1.000 pounds weight). Then, are sacrificed (well, the right term is slaughtered) for meat.


Their skin is a sub-product that tanneries collect from slaughterhouses and treat properly to produce leather. For example Cowhide Rugs that are specially produced for Decohides.


How resistant can a Cowhide Rug be?

Cowhide Rugs can be very resistant. Indeed, take a look at a leather garment (ie: your jacket) or your vehicle upholstery or that nice leather sofa in your living room. Certainly, they all come from the same animal, cows. Of course, Cowhide Rugs are laid on the floor. So people will step on it, so a fair care must be taken, like regular vacuuming, brushing and cleaning.


In general, good tanning processes will guaranty a soft and shiny hair and good smell. Besides, it will guaranty a strong adherence of the hair to the skin. So, in essence, you have to look for those properties in your cowhide rug.


I hope this short article clears your doubts on Cowhide Rugs. If you have any other concerns before buying, please feel free to write to us with your questions. As soon as possible, in Decohides, we will gladly do our best to answer them properly.



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Joseph V.

 Cowhide Rugs Expert