Styling your cow hide rug in your outdoor space

Styling your cow hide rug in your outdoor space

In the States, people can often fall victim to the thought that a cowhide rug belongs to a home in Texas or on a ranch. This is of course a notion of the past, modern cowhide rugs are used to fit any lifestyle in any town or city and have become popular as a trendy addition to any home.

Cowhide rugs are no more only for carpeting. They have become popular as tapestries, whether hanging on the wall or draped over a backrest, they can transform a boring space by creating a focal point in a room. These types of rugs are very versatile and becoming ever more popular in all areas of a home.

But can you style your precious cowhide rug in your favorite outdoor space? 


Can cowhide rugs be used outdoors?

We’ll be honest here. Even though cowhide rugs are extremely durable and can last decades, this is only true if cared for properly. Cowhide rugs, just like other natural material rugs, do not do well outdoors compared to synthetic rugs because they cannot withstand the elements. 

Cowhides are by nature long-lasting because they are leather. However we know that leather does not lend itself well with water or wetness or exposure to constant sunlight. So for these reasons you can understand that using cowhide rugs outdoors is perhaps not the best idea. 

However, if you are set on showcasing your cowhide rug in your favorite outdoor area, especially in regions where we spend lots of time outdoors during the summer months, we have put together a few tips to ensure you get the best lasting results from your beloved cowhide rug…


Tips on styling your rug in an outdoor space

  • Cowhide rugs do not do well under the wet condition because they tend to lose shape when they get wet. Moisture can also cause mold damage in extreme cases. 
  • Don’t place your cowhide rug somewhere sunny as direct sunlight can shrink the rug or cause discoloration.
  • Cowhide rugs look amazing on hardwood floors and also do well on wooden surfaces as they offer a lot of control to prevent the rug from sliding. The rug would also not scratch the wooden surface. So if you have a wooden deck or wooden surface outside, this might be the best place for your cowhide rug as it will not cause harm.
  • If you want to use your rug outdoors, you can consider treating it with a fabric protector spray to help the cowhide rug repel liquid spills. It will help minimize any damage if exposed to water or moisture.
  • To provide any protection from the sun, place your rug in an outdoor area like a covered patio, with enough shade to avoid any damage caused by exposure to direct sunlight. 
  • Avoid exposing your cowhide rug to any extreme weather, especially water. So if there is a rain forecast, make sure to temporarily store your rug indoors.
  • Should your cowhide rugs accidentally get soaked in the rain, hang it to air dry with the back facing out. It normally takes one to two days for it to dry completely.

For further caring instructions, contact our friendly team or check out or FAQs section. 

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