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What to Look for in a Leather Shag Rug

November 28th, 2010

leather-shag-rug-hides.jpgLeather shag rugs can take an ordinary room and make it into the center of attention. There are a few small considerations and decisions to take into account before making your purchase.

While thinking about your favorite shag rug, you must decide what kind of hide you want. Cow hide is the most common type of leather, but there are also horse hides and other exotic skins available. Cow hide is almost always the least expensive way to go, but horse seems to be softer and deer is even softer than that. So you need to decide how soft or exotic you want your rug to be.

A popular feature of leather shag rugs is that they can be purchased with the fur still on them. In doing this you give yourself the option of seeing the natural beauty from the animal. These types of rugs tend to make good centerpieces for rooms due to the added presentation value of the “trophy animal” look.

Something most people don’t think about is how well the hide was cured and tanned. The tanning is very important because if a hide is not tanned properly or cured correctly it will not retain its maximum durability.

The nice thing about a leather shag rug is that you can get it tanned in a variety of colors that will accent any room. Most people think that a leather rug will only be brown. But if you stop and think of all the colors that leather jackets come in, you will realize that the rugs can be available in different colors too. A beautiful black shag rug would accent any contemporary furnished room while a brown one can lend a rustic look to the same room. Therefore the color and intended room placement of your rug is something that you should consider carefully before buying.

Leather shag rugs also give the purchaser the versatility of using it for many purposes. A small leather rug can be draped over the back of a sofa or chair, giving it an eloquent look. Or you can place the rug in front of a fireplace where you can lie on top of it and enjoy the soft furry goodness. Fortunately most such rugs are flame retardant, so you will not have to worry about them catching on fire if any stray embers happen to land on them.

Leather is also fairly easy to clean compared to most other rugs, which might save you some money on carpet cleaning bills.

While leather shag rugs may sound to rustic to some and to modern for others, if you take the time to pick the right one they can effectively fit your lifestyle.

This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.

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