As far back as we can go in human history, hide has been used as a source of warmth, shelter and decoration, on the body and in the home. In modern times have seen a strong association between leather and the idea of quality in an item; with a move away from fast fashion and growing awareness of sustainability, hides can prove to be the ultimate in-home décor.
When you come home, you want to feel like you’re enveloped in a protective layer, allowing you to shut the door on the stresses of the day, and natural elements are the perfect way to help create a warm and welcoming environment. Using leather and hide in your interior design can really help to bring a connection to the outdoors, and in a rural home reflects the setting of the property in a subtle way. An easy, but excellent, option is to incorporate a hide rug into your home; warm and stylish these have the benefit of being entirely unique, so you are guaranteed to have a one off piece without the price tag for a bespoke piece. The reason for this is lesser known fact, that the pattern of cattle coats is much the same as a human fingerprint, no two will ever be the same. With a broad spectrum of breeds available you can easily find something to match your décor, or become the stand-out piece in your home.
Another wonderful thing about hides is that they are the last piece in a puzzle, ensuring that as a by-product of food production, nothing is allowed to go to waste. The animals themselves are slow grown on our farm in the Brecon Beacons; this is not a process we want to rush- we care deeply for their welfare and ensure they are as comfortable as possible. All of our Hayley Hanson hides are from our own cattle, or those of fellow farmers in the local area, we know how each animal lived and are able to guarantee that their welfare was the highest priority. This also guarantees quality meat, flavoursome and tender, and that the hides will not be overstretched. Not only are they traceable, but they are sustainable and durable, if you think about the weather extremes cattle have to withstand, then this makes perfect sense and it is why hide rugs can be used in even high footfall areas of the home. With so much of what is available today, being mass produced with a quick turnaround, a one of a kind, sustainable and traceable product is a fabulous and affordable luxury.