It’s not as bad as wearing fur – is it? Because that’s my chair and sheepskin in the photo, and I would be a lot less open about it if the photo was of my fox fur instead, WHICH I do not own, for the record (mostly because I don’t have the money. Ha! I kid, honest.) But really, why is it that we don’t hear as much protest against hide and pelts as we do against wearable fur? Sure a vegan lifestyle rejects the use of any animal products, but veganism, although increasingly more popular, is still considered radical. What I mean to say is that the use of hide in decor is not often discussed in that context outside of veganism. Decor magazines make regular use of animal hides — no matter the season — and fuzzy lambskins such as mine above, are routinely recommended for baby rooms, for little ones to nuzzle in when learning how to crawl. Somehow I highly doubt the same would be the case if the item in question was a baby fur coat, even though keeping little ones warm is arguably more important than keeping them comfortable while crawling.
And then many see animal skins — not of exotic/endangered species such as leopards and polar bears of course — as an important part of a designer’s arsenal. Nothing beats the feel of soft sheepskin beneath the toes in a cozy bedroom, and other natural hides add unparalleled depth and richness to the textures of a space – in other words, skins can look undeniably chic.
What do you say? Can you admit to using or liking natural hide in decor? Or are you appalled at the practice?
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