How is Cowhide Leather Made?

Contrary to what many people believe, the leather manufacturing process is human.

Cowhides are a by-product of the meat industry, that means animals are raised for meat and the leather is extra, collaborating with a sustainable process and avoiding waste.

Skins.Design cowhide rugs are sourced from ethical, independent wholesalers in South America. 

The Manufacturing Process

After the cowhide arrives at the factory, all the fat, muscles and meat that are attached to the skin are removed. Then the skin is salted to eliminate bacteria and preserve it. After curing with salt, the skin is cleaned and stretched to dry.

Once dry, the leather can be tanned. 'Tanning' is the process of treating the animal's skin to transform it into soft and durable leather. Although cow hides may have a characteristic leather smell, they do not contain chemicals, vapors or remnants from the tanning process after being sold.

One-of-a-kind nature masterpiece

Every cow has its own distinctive pattern, no two hides will ever truly be the same and this presents a fantastic opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind exotic product.

Cowhides can also be treated with different finishes, such as dyed different colors, like metallic goldto create a more modern appeal.