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Animal skin and themed rugs - Top ten

During the original Art Deco era, the 1920s and 30s, African safaris and big game hunting were popular. As a result, you will often find big game skins adorning original Art Deco interiors.


Back then it would have likely been real big game skins from zebra's, lions, tigers and so on. Today, nobody in their right mind would want a rug made out of a rare animal. Instead, there are synthetic and domesticated livestock alternatives - cowhides, sheepskin, etc.

Both alternatives allow you to enjoy a beautiful exotic big game pattern as the focal point of your room.

 
Rectangular rug with a dark blue zebra pattern.
Vivaan Woven Blue Rug

Item Vivaan Woven Blue Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


This rug has one of the better zebra patterns that we've seen. With the ability to create a distinct focal point in your room, it's available in either blue or grey.


It's made from durable polyester, so it's lower cost than a wool rug and is also easy to clean and hypoallergenic.





 
Rectangular rug with a leopard skin pattern.
Vonnie Leopard Skin Rug

Item Vonnie Leopard Skin Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Another eye-catching rug, this time with a leopard skin pattern. The 100% polypropylene construction makes it durable and low cost.


This rug looks great on a light tile floor or carpet. With such a distinctive pattern you will need to take care with or avoid, other patterns in the room.




 
Small grey irregularly shaped fluffy sheep skin rug for a natural Art Deco look.
Single Sheepskin Rug

Item Single Sheepskin Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


This small rug is perfect for a smaller room. We bought two, one for each of our children's bedrooms.


They're soft and cosy to the touch and the grey colour fits in with the rest of their rooms. By the way, there are four other colours to choose from if this one's not quite to your taste.



 
White fluffy irregularly shaped fluffy Icelandic sheepskin rug.
Icelandic Sheepskin Rug

Item Icelandic Sheepskin Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


A lighter coloured larger sheepskin rug this time. This rug and the rug above for that matter, feel soft, warm and luxurious when you walk on them barefoot.


It's worth noting that wool has a lot of great properties that make it a bit of a super material for rugs. It regulates moisture and temperature, it's hypoallergenic and is inhospitable to dust mites. It also resists mildew, fungus and static electricity and is a natural fire retardant.


There you go, I bet you never knew wool was so great!

 
A leather rug in the shape of an animal skin and with a Zebra pattern printed on it.
Skeltin Cleveland Black Rug

Item Skeltin Cleveland Black Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Don't worry, this isn't an actual Zebra skin! Instead, it's a zebra pattern printed on leather. So it looks and feels like the real thing.


Creating an exotic focal point in your room, this rug will look great on a parquet floor or neutral carpet. It's also hard-wearing, so it will look great for many years.

 
A cowhide rug with a distinctive tiger skin pattern.
Pettitt Area Rug

Item Pettitt Area Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Another rug based on a cowhide, this time with a tiger skin pattern. As with the rest of the animal-themed rugs, you'll need to take care when choosing other patterns in your room. In fact, it might be wise to avoid them altogether given the dominant look of this rug.


Either way, it will create a very striking focal point. Made in Brazil and hand-finished, this rug is also very hard-wearing.

 
A rectangular rug made from a patchwork of white cowhide hexagons with varying degrees of metallic detailing.
Angelica Ivory Rug

Item Angelica Ivory Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Constructed from leather hexagons, this rug has a particularly unique look. The hexagons are white cowhide with varying degrees of metallic detailing.


It's a rug that is without a doubt a statement piece and talking point for your room. Being leather, it is of course, durable too.





 
Cowhide based rug with flecks of metallic silver.
Normand Cowhide Silver Rug

Item Normand Cowhide Silver Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Another cowhide based rug, this time with flecks of metallic silver. Polished metals are a key feature of the Art Deco look, so this rug will tie in well.


Manufactured in Spain, you should find next to no shedding and being leather, the rug will be very durable.


 
A cowhide based rug in purple with a leopard skin print.
Cowhide Lila Black Rug

Item Cowhide Lila Black Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


A rug that takes 'bold statement piece' to a whole different level! We envisage this rug working well in a dark glamorous Art Deco design with plenty of stylish mirrors.


As with the rug above, it's made of cowhide so durability should be excellent.

 
A red dyed cowhide with a tiger skin pattern on it.
Skeltin Cleveland Red Rug

Item Skeltin Cleveland Red Rug

Prices and Dimensions

Budget £££


Another very bold statement piece rug, this time with a tiger skin pattern on red-dyed cowhide. Of course, you'll need to be careful about incorporating this into your design. Get it right and you'll have the ultimate focal point for your room.


It's leather, so it's tough and shouldn't shed.

 

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