The hide in the photo is the exact one you will receive
-Please notice you may find little marks, scars or branding on the hide for these are real cowhides
– Please expect a slight variation in size and color due to camera quality
If something spills on your cowhide, take the following steps:
- Blot (don’t rub) immediately with a clean cloth until no more liquid is absorbed …
- If stains from deeply colored liquids like wine, juice or coffee remain, put a drop of mild dish washing soap or shampoo in a cup of warm water and continue …
- Allow the hide to dry naturally. Do not use a heat source like a hair dryer
- You CAN vacuum your cowhide in the same direction as the hair. Do not go against the hair.
Facts about Brazilian cowhides:
A common question we get asked and a very hot topic of debate is: does the country a cowhide comes from really matter? The short answer is: YES! Absolutely! Known in the industry as the universal standard for the highest quality cowhides, Brazilian hides firmly hold the crown for being the best cowhides money can buy. Though more expensive, you really do get what you pay for.
The Tanning Process
One of the most important aspects of making a quality cowhide rug is the tanning process used. All of our Brazilian cowhides use what is called the chrome tanning process that is an extensive, multi step process taking hours upon hours from start to finish. Brazilian tanneries are known to tan hides for periods of up to 8 or more hours at a time to ensure that the hide is completely durable, doesn’t curl, doesn’t smell, and stays looking new for years at a time.
Due to the climate and tanning process used in Brazilian tanneries, hides from this region are naturally more thick, supple, and much less prone to curling due to the extra thickness of the leather.
Brazilian tanneries have mastered the art of shaping the hides during the tanning process. Brazil, known as the universal standard in quality for the cowhide industry, has developed a method of cutting and trimming every single hide to the perfect shape that you see in so many pictures and decor magazines. While Brazilian cowhides are the crème de la crème of what quality standards should be, many customers aren’t enticed by the generally higher price points.