About Cowhides

About cowhides
Finding the Right Cowhide The Right Size Cleaning your Cowhide Natural Cowhide Variations Animal Print Cowhides Calf Hides Patchwork Cowhide Rugs Color Dyed Cowhides
Testimonials
USA Australia and New Zealand United Kingdom Canada Rest of the world
Cowhide Product Questions
What Are your Cowhides Used For? How are Cowhides Priced? How do I clean my cowhide How do cats or dogs react to cowhide?
Do they try to eat it?
Were the cows killed for their skins? How are the hides tanned? How long will a cowhide last? Does the cowhide’s hair shed or do they fall off? Where can I store my hide?
Ordering Questions
How long would it take to ship my item? Do you ship to Australia and New Zealand? Do you ship to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe? How do I order from this website? What currency does this website use? What payment options do I have? How do I know this website is safe and secure? Do you wholesale? What if I don't like my order when it arrives? Is my order insured while in transit to my delivery address?
Finding the right cowhides

 

eCowhides.com carries the largest inventory of cowhides products, therefore enabling us to offer a large selection of cowhides to choose from. From natural to printed cowhides, we have the right hide for you. Natural cowhides vary from Tricolors, Brindles, Black and white, Brown and white and more… Choosing the right color and tones will enhance your living and add a touch of luxury to any décor. Since our customers are geographically located worldwide, we made it easy to choose your cowhide by taking pictures of each individual cowhide on grass, this way ensures you to know exactly what you are receiving. You may browse our Pick and Choose inventory by clicking here.

  1. First, think about the size of the area the cowhide rug will be used in. How big is the room? How big is the coffee table that will rest on top of it? Do you mind if some of it is underneath furniture? What Colors are in the room, what contrast you wish to achieve. Straight away this will narrow down the field to a much less daunting number of options.
    A Large hide is about 30 to 39 square feet, to give you an idea that is a hide that is up to 7 Feet lengthwise.
    An Extra Large hide is about 40 to 49 feet, to give you an idea that is a hide that is more to 7 Feet lengthwise. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE MEASURE ON THE LONGEST POINT OF THE HIDE.
  2. It is important to understand what is your maximum budget for your cowhide rug. Size and uniqueness are the biggest price factors. A smaller hide will cost less than a larger hide, and a common hide will cost less than a rare and unique hide.
  3. Think about what colors you like and what you think will go with your interior décor. Be open minded, sometimes it is a color that you have not considered that is actually perfect. Be open to highly contrasted colors.
  4. Don’t torture yourself over these decisions, go with your instinct, your ‘gut’ feelings. Each cow hide is unique, they are a natural product and no two are alike. You might have seen a cowhide rug in a friend’s house and thought “that’s what I want!” but be realistic and take a “that’s close enough” approach because cows don’t have twins. The more relaxed you are about your selection criteria, the easier and more enjoyable the whole process will be.
  5. Don't listen too closely to your friends comments, this is about your taste and preferences, not theirs. You are the one who has to live with it and love it. Sometimes people do not realize how much a superficial comment made to a friend, who has asked for their advice, can affect how we feel about something.
The Right Size

 

Cowhides have a natural organic shape, which means that the shape is irregular. Our professional artisans have the experience to cut the rawhide in the most symmetrical shape as possible. Remember that these measurements are based on the longest point of the cowhide. 

  • A Large hide is about 30 to 39 square feet, to give you an idea that is a hide that is up to 7 Feet lengthwise.
  • An Extra Large hide is about 40 to 49 feet, to give you an idea that is a hide that is more to 7 Feet lengthwise.

Cleaning your Cowhide

 

Include your cowhide rug, calf skin, furniture or pillows in your normal cleaning routine, simply vacuum with the power reduced to the rug setting and the vacuum head brush in the down position or give rugs and cushions a shake outside to remove dust and small dry particles of dirt. Rotate your rug or move to a different location from time to time so that it wears evenly.

You can wipe cowhide smoothly in the direction of the hair with a damp (but not wet) cloth with mild soap and water. Do not soak the hide as it will be too wet. DO NOT wash in a washing machine or dry clean.

Brushing with a hard plastic bristle brush or broom helps to keep the hair soft and fluffy and helps to remove dirt and larger particles trapped in the hair.

For common spills like red or white wine, coffee, tea, juice, food, soup, urine and vomit - soak up spills with a paper towel or sponge immediately. Remove solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then wipe with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. Finally clean with a damp cloth using diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution, this balances the PH levels and helps to eliminate unpleasant odors.

For oil based stains like fat, grease, lipstick, tar and chewing gum - Remove solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then apply Eucalyptus oil directly to the affected area on a soft cloth by dabbing gently. Finally wipe with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using a mild soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. We cannot guarantee that this will remove your oily stain, but it the best method of trying. This is done at your own risk.

On a sunny day you can put your cowhide outside with the underside facing the sun. Store them in a fresh dry place, preferably rolled around a tube core with a clean cotton sheet to protect from dust and dirt while in storage. We recommend that white, cream, beige or other light colored cowhides be sprayed with a light coating of colorless nubuck and suede water proof spray from a cobbler or shoe shop when they are new. If you clean the cowhide with soap and water you can re-spray the surface again for added protection.


Natural Cowhides Variations
  • Tri Color: These are considered the most beautiful and unusual hides as they are all so unique. Colors might range from dark to light browns, as well as white and black tones.
  • Brindle: Also know as tiger cowhides, have stripes of browns and black widthwise along the spine. Colors are usually chocolate brown solid and chocolate brown along with some white on the edges.
  • Black and white: This is the most common color when someone thinks of cowhides. It is bicolor and carry a variation of patterns of black and white
  • Brown and white: This is also a common bicolor cowhide that carries a variation of patterns of brown and white.

Animal Print Cowhides

 

Exotic animal print cowhides range from Zebra, Giraffe, Leopard to Tiger and more… We have a variety of patterns and background colors for each print type. Animal print Cow hides are perfect as area rugs, wall hangings or drapes and throws as well as upholstery.


Calf Hides

 

Calf hides are the perfect addition to your home décor; rustic, country ranch or western. It fits!

Our Calf Skins measure approx 3'x2.5'. They will vary in exact shape & pattern as no two calf skins are alike.


Patchwork Cowhide Rugs

 

A patchwork cowhide rug is a way of injecting some cowhide into your interior without having the natural cowhide shape. They are also great when a natural cowhide would not be big enough like under a large dining table or in a large lounge. Some people simply prefer the straight edge lines of a patchwork cowhide as opposed to the natural curvy form of a natural shaped cowhide.

Patchwork Cow hide rugs can be can be specified in any design, color, and size for rug, wall covering and upholstery applications. If you would like a patchwork rug that you don't see on our website, please send us an email so we could customize it for you.


Color Dyed Cowhide

 

Our color dyed cowhides are a bold addition to any decor. These color dyed cow hides make sure your decor captivates: from the floor up. With a clean solid pattern in dramatic colors, these cowhide rugs are sophisticated, stylish and totally 21st century!

NOTE:
Cowhides products are natural, this means that natural hides are not manufactured. We hand pick and meticulously examine each rug before it is shipped. If you find any patches on the hair, it is a normal process just reinforcing the natural hair. Also, hides might have a stamp on the hair; it is a regulation from the farm.

 

FAQ's

Cowhide Products
What are your cowhides used for?
 

About 80% of the cow skins we sell are used as floor mats, rugs, coverings. Some people throw them over a sofa. About 20% is used as upholstery to cover chairs, ottomans, footstools and other types of furniture.


How are cowhides priced?

 

It is important to understand what is your maximum budget for your cowhide rug. Size and uniqueness are the biggest price factors. A smaller hide will cost less than a larger hide, and a common hide will cost less than a rare and unique hide.


How do I clean my cowhide?

 

Cowhides are very easy to care for! Click here for cleaning and caring instructions

How do cats or dogs react to cowhide? Do they try to eat it?

 

This is a tough one to answer because every pet is different. In general, dogs love cowhides and will start sleeping in the middle straight away. I have not heard of trouble with dogs eating cowhide, it is tanned so has no flavor or appeal. However puppies do tend to chew on things including leather shoes so we can't make any promises. Most cats start off very wary of cowhide, the smell and texture is foreign to them. They walk around the edges. After they realize that a cowhide is no threat they either ignore it or start sleeping on it as well.


Were the cows killed for their skins?

 

No, no, no! Cowhides are a by-product of the farming/meat industry. The cows were farmed for meat and milk. eCowhides is against animal cruelty.


How are the hides tanned?

 

They are tanned using the chrome technique so the back of the leather is a blue grey colour. This is the best technique for a soft and floppy leather result. They have not been treated with, and contain no residues of PCP, AZO-coloring agents, Chrome VI, formaldehyde and nickel. The tanneries use an environmentally responsible method of waste treatment that exceeds industry standard requirements.


How long will a cowhide last?

 

Our cowhide will last you a lifetime, as we are dedicated to use the best chemicals and best formulas elaborated by the family tradition.


Does the cowhide’s hair shed or do they fall off?

 

NO. The hide will not shed and the hair will last you a lifetime.


Where can I store my hide?

 

You can store the hide in a box without plastic out of the sun. If you are moving, place the hide in a plastic bag in case to protect from water and humid weather.



Ordering Questions
How long would it take to ship my item?

 

It usually ships within 24 hours, Custom orders such as Patchwork rugs takes from 2 to 4 weeks and are shipped from Europe.


Do you ship to Australia and New Zealand?

 

Yes, we ship to Australia and New Zealand every day. The package gets delivered straight to your door in about 5 to 10 days. NO QUARANTINE on all of our items guaranteed.


Do you ship to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe?
 

 

Yes, we ship all over Europe every day. The package gets delivered straight to your door in about 5 to 10 days.


How do I order from this website?

 

Browse our product catalogues, select the items you would like to purchase by clicking the add to cart button. When you are finish with your order, click the 'checkout' button and follow the on-screen instructions. Fill out the required fields. It’s that easy!


What currency does this website use?

 

The default currency is US dollars. However on the top red bar, you may pick the currency of your choice by clicking on the flag of your currency.


What payment options do I have?

 

We take Visa, MasterCard and Amex credit cards as well as Paypal.



How do I know this website is safe and secure

 

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Do you wholesale?

 

Yes, we offer discounts with orders of $1000 or more. Contact us for more information.


What if I don't like my order when it arrives?

 

No problem, click here for our Return & Exchange Policy


Is my order insured while in transit to my delivery address?

 

Yes, we have insurance to cover items while in transit from eCowhides to your home or office



Testimonials
USA

I am very pleased with this brindle hide rug. It added just the touch I needed to soften the room because I have a couple rough brick walls in my bedroom. I'm so glad I went with your company!

Jane from Hornbeak, TN


Wow!! I needed an area rug that would off-set my Southwestern decor and enhance my collection of western rugs - this was a perfect match to create a rustic chic look. I was hesitant at first due to the fact that i was gonna receive a similar rug to the picture but what i received was a great surprise!

Becky from San Diego, CA


Awesome buy...I've seen these sell for much more. Looks great in my Texas home!

John Word from Lamesa, TX


The first hide I had ordered came and I was thoroughly disappointed. Not because of the quality of the hide but because it was the wrong one. I sent it back and within 10 business days...I received the beautiful hide I had originally ordered. It was exactly as the picture described. It looks amazing on the floor of my loft and truly completes the rooms look!
Thank you!

Nomick from Pensacola, FL


Have ordered before, ordered this one for a gift for my daughter to throw over a vintage sofa. Mine I use on the back of a vintage chaise. Very happy with the feel it gives our living room.

Melissa Linden from Morgantown, WV


Wonderful soft hide, looks great as an area rug or over wall to wall. Threw it on the bed and it looked great - hip, contemporary. Just got it so not sure how it will wear! am buying more for sisters!

Heatha75 from New York, NY


It looks great and works well....what else can you ask. Nice addition to our apartment.

Keisha from Costa Mesa, CA


I am so pleased with the product! Beautiful! Way better than I expected! Thanks!

Monique from Greenville, SC


Great rug, shipped promptly and your team was very responsive with my questions.

Nicolyn from Port Richey, FL


thanks for the quick shipping, we love the way it looks under our living room table.

Samantha K from Western, NY


I purchased this cowhide rug as a gift to my wife and she is thrilled with it. We love the colors.

Raul Rodriguez from Oklahoma City, OK


The cowhide was received in pristine condition and fits in perfectly with my southwestern decor. There is no odor that humans can detect. My dogs and cats love it though and roll on it!

Allison from Knoxville, TN


The cow hide rug fits perfectly along the side of my xl twin guest bed. No offensive smell (like with other animal rugs) and is oh so wonderful for bare feet just stepping out of bed. In all a very nice addition to my loft.

Sandy A from Nashville, TN


I received my hide and pillow cover yesterday. The color of the hide is just wanted I saw online and it works great in my family room

Marla from Brooklyn, NY


Incredible! Thanks so much! I will be buying from you again! our kids love layind down on it!!

Raquel B from Plainview, TX


Rug is exactly like the picture shows, very soft and comfy.

Mark from El Dorado, AR


Very pleased with this rug! It is beautiful and soft. Can't beat the price for the quality you are getting. Only note about this rug is that it is not white. More off-white or cream.

Tara from Twin Falls, ID


Excellent quality much better than we expected. Worth every penny!

Catalina from Elko, NV


Fabulous Cow hide. It will be the center piece in our living room! Thank you much

Jay the greatest from Rapid City, ND


stunning rug! the hide is much better than we expected! it is already in our living room! thank you

Sarah from Miles City, MT


AMAZING SHINE!!! AMAZING QUALITY AND SUPER FAST SHIPPING!! IT IS BETTER THAN WHAT WE WANTED WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oscar from Appleton, WS


Australia and New Zealand

My rugs look so nice in my bed room. I just love them. They are 100% cowhide rug and they are so soft. They feel so good when you get out of bed in the morning and you step down of them. They are of high quality. Thank you so much for having such wonderful things for the home. I have ordered several things for the home from you and I have never been dissatisfied with any of them. Love, Love, Love eCowhides.

Donna from Adelaide, SA


Oh my goodness!!! I purchased the large cowhide rug and it is sexy and luxurious. It is truly soft, cuddly and absolutely beautiful. It far exceeded my expectations. I have it next to my bed so that it is the first thing that my feet touch when I wake up in the morning. It also adds warmth and elegance to my room. My guests are drawn to it. Whenever someone sees it, they fall in a trance and immediately walk toward it and start touching it. I have received nothing but positive compliments. I just purchased cowhide pillows to use in my Master bathroom. This is a great buy. Five stars and two thumbs up!

Francis from Melbourne, NSW


We love the white tri-color rug we purchased. The rug is beautiful in living room floor next to our piano and mid century/modern decor. We are very happy with the purchased and will recommend this company to our friends and family.

Xavier from Canberra, NSW


Great looking rug at a great price. shipped in under a week. Well done

Shane from Emerald, QLD


Thank you for your attention to detail regarding my rug. It really is a very high quality product and I am overjoyed with the outcome. Please thank all your staff that were involved in my order and let them know I will have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends and work colleagues."

Marcela from Auckland, New Zealand


I had been looking for a place to buy a cowhide rug since I saw them in a high end store, they were just so expensive that we couldn’t afford one. Thank you sincerely for offering high quality hides at a more affordable price. Thanks again.

David from Wairoa, New Zealand


I placed my cow hide rug on top of a leather ottoman. I feel it adds warmth and a touch of luxury. Rug is as described. Nice brown colors, super soft!! No smells or shedding as I was expecting. A great investment!

Jonathan from Dunedin, New Zealand


The larger sized rug fits perfectly along the side of my xl twin guest bed. No offensive smell (like with other animal rugs) and is oh so wonderful for bare feet just stepping out of bed. In all a very nice addition to my house.

James E from Christchurch, New Zealand


United Kingdom

I am writing to say how impressed and delighted I am with both your service and the goods I have recently purchased. They were delivered within a week from the placing of an order. Well done..such service levels are rare

Laura from Leicester, UK


Fell in love with the first large cowhide rug I bought last week (delivery super swift..!) and also bought what turned out to be a super-luxurious silky calf skin hide - wonderful. Can't praise these items highly enough and have just bought another large Cowhide Rug, as I love the first one so much. Can highly recommend this company and its products
I don't usually do this but I just wanted to write and thank you for the great service. I have looked everywhere for the rug I wanted at a reasonable price. Then I got them off your site in 5 minutes. Great service, great product, great price - thanks very much!

Sarah from Leeds, UK


Just wanted to tell you that your service is fantastic and the goods are of superb quality.
Thank you.

Francis  from London, UK


Years ago, in Sweden, I first saw a zebra cowhide rug in a furniture store and always wanted one for my house but didn’t want spend that expensive price they were asking for. I placed the zebra hide rug next to my bed and one in the living room and love them. I guess I'll be getting the cowhide zebra pillows next. Hahaha.

Dorothy from Bristol, UK


We bought this pink cowhide rug to use in our baby girl's nursery. So far we love it. It is super attractive and the bright pink is exactly what we wanted. Great purchase for the price. We love sitting on it as it is very cozy. It is so simple to vaccum it, sometimes we just pick it up and shake out even at the 5X8 size. I would reccomend this rug for sure.

Georges from Colchester, UK


Canada

We just received the brindle cowhide skin we ordered for my 60-year old mother. She grew up in a farm and this is our way to bringing her nostaly back. This is a wonderful product.

Regina from Kamloops, BC


Hello, I have just bought a pair of cowhide pillows, I am thrilled with them, they match perfectly with our leather sofa and our hardwood floors, just wanted to say thanks! We love them!!!

Kerri from Thunder Bay, ON


This is the third cowhide rug I have purchased. I have one in my dining room and living room. It stands up to many guests and dogs, which is the primary reason I buy this type of rug. The colors are beautiful. I would highly recommend this product .

Dennis from Whitehorse, YT


just received the cowhide I have purchased last week. This rug is beautiful. The hair are shiny and glossy, it is extremely well made. I really like the color as it is neither too dark or too light. I highly recommend ordering the tri color cowhide rug. These rugs look very well made and durable. I am looking forward to receiving more rugs and putting them under our leather sectionals. This is a great product. I do not think you will be disappointed.

Dina from Edmonton, AB


Very well made. Perfect for transition from balcony to bedroom.

Jean Marie from Montreal, QC


Just wanted to let you folks know that the white natural cowhide rug arrived. My father was delighted with how beautiful it is. Thank you for a great job.

Lynne from Calgary, AB


Worldwide

Hi Deborah, my patchwork cowhide rug arrived yesterday and it is perfect in every aspect....size and quality. Everyone in the office in which I work liked it I enjoyed talking with you and appreciate your prompt service. Thank you very much,

Matthias from Germany


This cowhide is simply put superb. The hair is so soft and rich in texture. Very plush underfoot, almost like silk!!! . I think it makes a great gift but i used it next to my bed .

Darik from South Africa


THIS RUG IS SO SOFT AND PRETTY CANT HELP TO RUB MY HANDS ALL OVER IT CAN WAIT TO DO THE SAME WITH MY FEET LOL ITS A NICE BROWN COLOR IM GONNA PUT IT RIGHT NEXT TO MY FIREPLACE TO CREATE A NICE CABIN UPSCALE LOOK OH SO FAB

Yuki from Tokyo, Japan


The rug is very soft and very beautiful. Overall, I like it and it adds a bit of whimsy to my bedroom on the marble white floors.

MO from Dubai, UAE


I purchased the Pink rug. I just opened it today. It is so soft and beautiful. Looks very expensive and I am very happy with my purchase."

Lucy from Shenzen, China


I just ordered this rug and the pillows to go with. I am very happy with the order. The cowhide rug looks shiny and soft and is a really large. If you are looking for something different and very unique, this is your rug! PS my kids were drawn to it immediately. They were laying all over it.

Sakan from Bursa, Turkey


This rug is even more beautiful than it looks in the picture. The workmanship is perfect. I recommend it to all my friends that come visiting. I highly recommend this product."

Moshe from Eilat, Israel


For the price, size, and quality I'm tempted to purchase another!
My daughter was thrilled with the softness and plush pile. I vacuumed and assumed there might be loose hair and there was not. The rug handled the process very nicely with no shedding.

Sophie from Patra, Greece


The color is great in that the rug could be placed in a room either all white or ivory - which makes a big difference when using whites and ivory. Also, the texture adds nice design qualities. Would recommend!"

Jaewon from Busan, South Korea


Je voulais vous laisser savoir que nous sommes tres heureux avec la quality de notre peau de vache et les cousins, nous vous avon déjà recommender a tous nos amis.

Francoise from Marseille, France