Faux Cowhide Rug

Here we will explore everything about the cowhide rug - how to choose it, where to put it, how to clean it, the benefits of having it, and, of course, the differences between it and a real cowhide rug.

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What is a Faux cowhide rug?

The purpose of this rug is to literally imitate the real cowhide rug, but without using animal suffering. Take a look at the step.by.step of the production:

  1. Material: the faux rug is made of synthetic materials instead of real leather. The base can be done with polyester, nylon, acrylic, or similar others. The backing of the rug is made with felt or suede, those materials are good because it is durable, easy to clean, and can be painted in several colors. 

  2. Cutting: The chosen material is cut in the shape of a real cowhide rug with a template or stencil. 

  3. Printing: With heat and pressure, the design is transferred to the rug.

  4. Finishing: At the end, the backing part is united with the base to help the rug to fix better on the ground giving some texture to it. Then people bind the edges of the rug to prevent fraying.

  5. Quality control: Certainly the rug passes through quality control to guarantee it has the desired standards related to texture, color, and other topics. 

How to choose a faux cowhide rug?

thick faux cowhide rug

There are multiple stores producing this type of rug, and some of them have a quality product, but sometimes they sell rugs that are not going to last for much time or look too fake. I took some tips for you to know if the rug you are interested in is good or not:

  • Thickness: A good quality faux cowhide rug should be thick enough to withstand heavy foot traffic without showing signs of attrition.

  • Texture: A good faux cowhide rug should have a realistic texture that looks like real cowhide. Some of them feel too plastic or artificial, and that’s not what we are looking for.

  • Backing: A good quality faux cowhide rug should have a strong, non-slip backing that keeps the rug in place on the floor.

  • Design: Look for a rug that looks natural. The spots and patterns should be well distributed, and the colors should be vibrant and realistic.

  • Price: While price should not be the only factor to consider, it can be an indicator of quality. A good-quality faux cowhide rug is likely to be more expensive than a lower-quality one, so be prepared to invest in a rug that will last.

If you decided to buy a faux cowhide rug, pay attention to some keys that may help you with this process. First of all, keep in mind the size of the room you want to place your rug. 

faux cowhide area rug

The second thing is the color and pattern of the rug. It can come in a wide range of colors, so you need to choose one that fits well with your decoration and space. Here are some examples of colored faux cowhide rugs for you to know best if it is the best choice for you:

  • Yellow Cowhide Rug

  • White Cowhide Rug

  • Pink Cowhide Rug

  • Grey Cowhide Rug

  • Green Cowhide Rug

  • Red Cowhide Rug

  • Blue Cowhide Rug

  • Black and White Cowhide Rug

Where to put it?

Because of their neutral and natural appearance, this type of rug can fit well in any room and complement different designs. The main spaces it is used are living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms, here is a bit about each one:

  • Living rooms: It can be the touch of warmth and texture your living room needs. And at the same time, would serve as a centerpiece to place any furniture. If you have a coffee table, it can be really great to place the rub under it or in front of the sofa. Then it creates a cozy and inviting sensation to the space.

  • Bedrooms: as this rug gives a comfortable feel to the rooms it is placed in, obviously the bedroom would be a perfect space to put it. Even more, if you choose a large rug that covers the majority of the floor. Good places to put it in your bedroom are: under the bed, next to the dresser, between both, etc. It will create a relaxing environment.

bedroom faux cowhide area rug

  • Dining rooms: it adds a touch of sophistication to the space and unites the table and the chairs while protecting the floor from scratches.

dining room faux cowhide area rug

  • Home offices: It will also have this sophisticated touch we talked about in the dining room topic. But more, it can add texture and dimension to the room, then you will have an inviting workspace. 

faux cowhide area rug in office room

The faux cowhide rug can be an accent rug (placed in smaller areas, such as in front of a fireplace, or under a chair), or placed in a larger area (can cover the majority of the floor of the room). 

How to clean

One of the great points of a cowhide rug is that it is easy to clean. With a damp cloth and mild detergent, you can spot-clean it easily. Or vacuum it with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. 

When it is time to give your faux cowhide rug a deep clean, sometimes just take it outside and shake it is enough, but when it is not, using a steam cleaner is a good option.

Benefits of having a faux cowhide rug

As you read in this article, having a faux cowhide rug has a lot of benefits. Here are the most notables:

  • Durability: They are designed with synthetic materials that were made to be durable and last longer. 

  • Easy to Clean: As mentioned, faux cowhide rugs are easy to clean, which makes them a practical choice. Mainly for families that have children or pets.

  • Versatility: We can consider this rug versatile, as it can be made with a lot of colors and patterns.

  • Affordability: The real ones are certainly more expensive than the faux ones. So it’s a great choice for the ones that want a rustic feel, but without spending too much.

  • Animal-Friendly: As it doesn’t use real animal leather, it is animal friendly.

natural faux cowhide area rug

Differences between faux and real cowhide rugs

But what are the main differences between the real one and the faux one? Here it goes:

  • Material: As we said, the material is different (the faux uses synthetic)

  • Texture: The faux doesn’t have the same depth and dimension as the real one.

  • Color: The real one usually just have one color - the natural one. The faux can be made in a variety of colors and patterns.

faux cowhide rug living room

  • Price: Real cowhide rugs are often more expensive than faux ones.

  • Sustainability: As the faux doesn’t use animal products, it is more sustainable than the real one. 

Curiosities about it

  • Faux cowhide rugs were invented in 1970 for people that were looking for this type of sensation this rug brings, but without spending too much.

  • In the last years, people are getting more sustainable and animal-friendly, so people are looking more and more for this alternative and it’s getting more popular.

  • This rug is used in the majority, of rustic decorations, but it can be used in modern and contemporary spaces either. 


Summing up, this rug can be the touch of stylish and practicality you are looking for. It’s made with synthetic materials and looks like a real cowhide rug if it’s made with quality - but without using real animal skin. This rug is durable, easy to clean, and comes in a diversity of colors and patterns, making it a versatile option for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How should a Faux Cowhide Rug be chosen?

It might be difficult to choose a Faux Cowhide Rug since you need to be confident that the colour, thickness, and style are all ideal for your room. You don't want to be let down if you see a rug in a particular part of the house. Use augmented reality technology to see the selected decor piece inside your home so you can be sure of your decision. Simply said, a smartphone is all that is required.

  1. What stores or platforms sell Faux Cowhide Rug?

Today's market is saturated with lovely Faux Cowhide Rug. You may either utilise DressMyCrib's augmented reality feature to decide or shop for them online from retailers like Amazon, Target, Ikea, and Walmart. With merely a phone, you may see the selected wool both inside and outside of your home.