Natural cowhide rug from Ballard Designs in living room

If you’ve always thought a cowhide rug just isn’t for you, think again. These chic, one-of-a-kind layering pieces have proven to be a natural fit in a surprisingly wide variety of interiors. The organic shape and texture of a cowhide rug can soften the lines in a room, yet there’s a certain rugged quality to it as well. And since the hide’s natural oils resist staining, it’s a great choice for high-traffic areas or homes with small children or even pets. So put aside your doubts and take a look at some of the ways you can decorate with a cowhide rug in your home.

Cowhide rug from Ballard Designs in office

The stenciled zebra pattern on our cowhide rug lends edge to the high-contrast black and white scheme in this room. Our rug buyer, Page, recommends placing cowhide rugs at an angle from the vantage point of how the room is most viewed.

Cowhide rug from Ballard Designs in living room

A neutral cowhide rug can be an unexpected touch in a dressy living space like this one. Layering it over a solid colored, natural fiber rug is a great way to show it off in a large room. And don’t cover it up! Choose a glass-topped coffee table or a pair of small side tables to really let it shine.

Cowhide rug from Ballard Designs in office

We also love them in small spaces on a bare floor. The contrast of the dark floors and furniture highlight the rich natural color of the hide. And it plays well with other animal prints, too. Here, we paired it with our spotted Dodie Fabric by the Yard.

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