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The cowhide rug — definitely masculine, supremely rugged, a little bit sexy, and surely something I never thought I would be drawn to.  Yet all this week I thought about little else but these asymmetrical beauties in pale hues. As a kid who grew up in the southwest, the recent past of these rugs is a style I’m all too familiar with and frankly assumed I could live without for a great many years to come. But, as is often the case, a style becomes reinvented in a way that is difficult to ignore given the current design climate, and suddenly I find myself drawn to the most curious of objects. Does this happen to you?


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Truly it’s not so surprising that this item is experiencing a resurgence in popularity at the moment, especially given the current obsession with all things vintage sixties and seventies. Lest we forget the popularity of the cowboy and the Wild West during the days of disco.


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A surprising array of designers are drawn to this unusually shaped creation. From those who tend to lean toward a more traditional aesthetic to those who embrace a full-fledged vintage mid-century mod look, these rugs are popping up in decor everywhere as a unique option to add some unexpected visual interest and texture to a space.


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Have I mentioned their durability? This might just be the deal maker for me in that they are naturally stain repellant, to a certain extent. Being of the bovine persuasion and coming from nature of course, this likely has something to do with the natural oils in their skin. After all, it’s not very often you have the chance to witness a grass stain on a cow’s hide in the wild. For a household that experiences a high volume of traffic, this is perhaps a nice option to consider. Those of you with children will know precisely what I mean… but is this enough of a reason to head back to the southwestern style so soon after its demise?

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