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According to a recent New York Times article, cowhide rugs, which "brought an appealing touch of the natural world into too many modern homes this year," have gone from trendy to passé due to the "democratization of design." However, I'm not interested in their use as a floor covering. If you'll remember, the last few How Would You posts, that's not how this Casa post works. Instead, I'm asking you to think outside the home-decorating box and find alternate uses for traditional home accents and furniture pieces.

How would you use a cowhide rug so the Times can't call it square? Leave a comment below and let me know where you'd put or how you'd uniquely use this rug in your home.

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foxie foxie 9 years
Yeah I guess being confined to a crate so small you can't even sit down only hours after being taken away from your mother DOES make you taste pretty good. Trust me, if you only knew the truth you wouldn't be so cutesy about something so serious. I'll chalk it up to blatant ignorance, I'm sure there's a good person in there somewhere.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Life and death = good eatin
foxie foxie 9 years
Caterpillar- It's quite literally a matter of life or death, so yeah... to some of us it's important enough to mention. You can come off your soapbox now.
katherynn katherynn 9 years
I live in central Texas and a lot of homes use cow hides.. with leather couches and golden hues on the walls. Very "Texas" with lots of oak and limestone. I think doing something new with the hide would be cool.. Maybe covering a coffee table or like Joy said, hanging it on the wall with some art!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
oh please, get off of this post you PC police, Casa isnt asking you to support it, if you would use it (and we all know you wouldnt) how would you.....jesus, let the people who find this thing interesting have some fun without preaching to us! I would put it on the wall, not on the floor, I have a collection of animals skulls (that i FOUND in the woods up north calm down) it would go with that theme.
BijouxIce BijouxIce 9 years
Setting aside the personal ethics this question seems to have inspired, I have an interesting idea. I would turn the cowhide upside-down and tack it to the top of the pergola over my deck. It would provide an interesting shape of shade and when looking up people would see the interesting pattern of the cowhide. It would also lend a rustic touch to the pergola and contrast nicely with the redwood used to make it.
KatieDearest KatieDearest 9 years
I think it would probably look better on the cow. I feel the same about steaks.
joygwilson joygwilson 9 years
I have seen this done at a friends's parents home and loved it. I would hang it on a wall, and have two small, unique art pieces or photographs framed and hung side by side in the middle, using the animal skin as a sortof "mat" for the art. It looks amazing.
emalove emalove 9 years
Never in a million years would I have anything that even resembles this in my home.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i agree with foxie, although i do see vunder's point too - do people just disguise things to make themselves feel less guilty?! seems like an awful waste of all that leather to me.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
um i don't think i could and if someone gave me one i think i'd try to turn it in to a dog bed but if i had to i think i'd place it in front of a fireplace in a log cabin
foxie foxie 9 years
*ARE not is.
foxie foxie 9 years
Well I think leather couches and meat is disgusting too, but the point I was making is that I find it disturbing that people would actually want this dead-cow-looking dead-cow in their homes.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I would give this to a bum to use.
vunder vunder 9 years
I'm not sure I see the ethical difference between a cowhide rug and a leather couch. I don't think it's an issue that it's "blatant" - we hide too much of what we do as it is to make what we do seem palatable to our delicate sensibilities. I'm not a fan because I'm not fond of it aesthetically, so I don't know how I'd use it exactly. But as a meat eater and a wearer of leather, I don't see a particular fuss about its "cowness," assuming the rest of the animal was used as well.
Katikins Katikins 9 years
Seriously gross. Wouldn't have it in my house in the first place. Just eww.
foxie foxie 9 years
I agree with HWJ. I mean, animal byproduct/slaughter is pretty gross, but I have to wonder what kind of person isn't bothered by the death being so... blatant. I mean, it's not even disguised as something other than a slaughered cow. Even if it were fake, it's still morbid. SO- If I were to utilize this as something other than a rug, I'd use it as an adorable and natural-looking cow carcass covering.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I would probably upholster an occasional chair or ottoman with it.
HWJ HWJ 9 years
Umm.. aren't these rugs the byproduct of central American deforestation to create cattle ranches for the American beef addiction? With the thoughts of mad cow disease, McDonalds, and cow methane destroying the ozone, I think these rugs are disgusting.
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