I have been obsessing over sheepskin and cowhide rugs ever since we honeymooned in Iceland two years ago. Most of the shops had sheepskins and caribou pelts for sale and I fell in love the organic shapes and the rich textures. At the time I wasn’t convinced that I would find any use for a caribou pelt in my real life and Daniel was already nervous about how much Scotch (we did the first part of our honeymoon in Scotland) we were trying to smuggle back into the US, so he was able to convince me not to bring one home. Of course now, two years later, I am absolutely kicking myself for listening to his logical reasons.
Cowhides and sheepskins are heavily featured in Nordic decor, a style I find myself increasingly attracted to. I love how the organic shapes and markings lend such a soft touch to a style that is characterized by generally clean lines. If you have been following me on Instagram you know that we recently added a sheepskin runner to our guest room. I’m obsessed with the way it adds some warmth against the gloss of the black floors.
Due to the small and sort of funky shape of Dan’s study, we have decided to get a cowhide for the room and there are a few other places in our home I am tempted to add one. Since I am not sure when I will actually get my hands on one of these lovely things, a “Currently Craving” post will have to do for now.
Cowhides are perfect for layering over a simple jute or woven rug to add some dimension, and of course, texture! Since our living room is so long and narrow, I am considering this look for the half of the room the sectional is in to define the space a bit without breaking it up.
Most of today’s standard rug sizes don’t fit in older homes like ours. We realized recently that the rooms in our house are going to require custom rugs if we want to abide by classic rug rules like 18 inches from the outer wall and front couch legs on the rug/ back couch legs off. The nice thing about cowhides is that their organic shape allows them to live “outside of the law.” In a way they make their own rules allowing you to position them how ever best suits your needs and the room’s shape and function.
One of the main things that sucked me into the cowhide trend is how well they can work with old world decor as well as modern pieces. Hide rugs seem to be the element that blends differing styles into a cohesive look in many of the rooms they are featured in.
For the study, we are thinking about going with a grey brindle and for the living room I am really into the salt and pepper look. What do you think? They certainly seem to be a polarizing decor trend! Do you love them or hate them?