Cowhide Rugs

April 25th, 2009

(Thunderbird Hotel)

I love me some cowhides.

I know this is not always fashionable to say and that some folks have real issues with dead cow skin on the floor. There is a certain ick factor, but if there wasn’t creepy weird crap in my house I just couldn’t decorate. Cowhide rugs are durable, easy to clean, super flat, protect the floors, and my dog is way to scared of them to piss on it – so awesome all around!

They can also be super affordable and cover a large area with a nice organic shape. Rugs can be quite pricey – especially for something over six feet. Most cowhides are about 6×7 feet and can be bought for under $200. Ebay always has a great selection with free shipping, and if you live in a metropolitan area your local garment district or craigslist is a great resource for cowhides that can usually be bought for under $100. I mean jeez even Ikea is carrying them. I saw one Kolby cowhide at Ikea a few weeks ago that was so beautiful, all black and HUGE with thicker hair. It was actually pretty fantastic, but I’m not sure worth the $249 price tag.

(Thunderbird Hotel)

The Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas is really inspiring me right now. I love the clean lines, simple materials and real comfy minimalism that is happening in all of their designs. Simple, elegant, and chic with lots of cowhide!



    1. Airika on 04/25/2009:

      Offensive! A crime against animals! Next time I come to your house I will bring a bucket of red paint!

      Just kidding. As long as you buy fur/ rugs ONLY from 2nd hand sources, they are ok by me.

    2. Anonymous on 04/26/2009:

      It’s funny you mention the cowhide rugs at Thunderbird.
      I stayed there last year and accidentally spilled my cup of coffee on one. I was amazed at how easily it cleaned up.
      I fell in love with cowhide!

    3. lesley on 04/27/2009:

      i love cows and love my hide as well! the thunderbird is fabulous motel..the beds are so donald judd!

    4. from the right bank on 04/28/2009:

      I’ve been wanting to go to Marfa and stay at the Thunderbird for ages. And I’m a total cowhide convert.

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