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While they have often been associated with a rustic or traditional aesthetic, today's interior designers are finding innovative and versatile ways to incorporate these natural materials into modern and contemporary home decor.
In this article, we'll explore the various aspects of using animal skins or animal fibres to decorate your home, from their history and sustainability to practical tips for incorporating them into your interior design.
The use of animal skins dates back to ancient times when they served as essential components of clothing, shelter, and bedding. Many indigenous cultures worldwide embraced the concept of "using everything from the animal," with animal skins being transformed into clothing, rugs, throws, bedding, and wall hangings. These practices have continued to influence the modern-day desire for sustainable and nature-inspired design.
In recent years, sustainability and ethical considerations have played a significant role in the choice to use animal skins or naturally occurring animal fibres for home décor, instead of artificial man-made products. Many of the animal skins used in contemporary interior design are by-products of the meat industry. This means that the skins are repurposed, rather than being the primary reason for the animal's demise.
Wool from sheep, alpaca, and mohair is shorn periodically to keep the animals comfortable and healthy. New Zealand Possum Fur comes from wild animals that are hunted and gathered to save the native forests of New Zealand. When sourced ethically and responsibly, animal skins and woven fibres can align with eco-conscious values, minimizing waste and using a natural and renewable resource.
In conclusion, decorating your home with nature-inspired décor offers a connection to history, a sustainable choice, and a touch of natural beauty. With careful consideration of sourcing and mindful design choices, you can enjoy the timeless elegance of animal skins and natural textiles at home.
Whether it's as a rug, throw, cushion, or wall hanging, these natural elements can infuse warmth and character into your home, creating a welcoming and stylish atmosphere. A homely cocoon to protect you from the outside world.
At Gorgeous Creatures our motto is “Transforming homes with extraordinary pieces of nature. Gorgeous Creatures brings the beauty of the natural world into your living space.” We are here to help you create your perfect tranquil living environment.
Visit Gorgeous Creatures while in the Hawkes Bay
8 Otatara Rd, Taradale, Napier 4112 (by appointment please call or text first)
Kirsty Mason Ph 027 222 6230