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About Forsyth Zebra and Cowhide Rugs

Forsyth is renowned by designers around the world as the foremost source of the finest Burchell’s zebra hides and Brazilian cowhides. 

Each Forsyth hide is unique and meets Forsyth's precise standards of hair quality, coloring, tanning excellence, and size.  You will not find a more beautiful zebra hide or cowhide rug anywhere in the world.

Zebra Hide Rugs

Forsyth works with large, sustainable ranches licensed to cull a certain number of Burchell's zebra for population control.  These culling programs help keep the zebra population within reasonable numbers.  All hides are inspected by U.S. Customs and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife upon import into the United States.  The hides are shipped to you from our Forsyth studio in Saint Louis, Missouri.  We hand select each hide with a critical eye for their one-of-a-kind coloring, stripe patterns, and natural markings. 

Cowhide Rugs

It is well-known that the finest cowhides come from Brazil.  Forsyth partners with one of the finest tanneries in Brazil.  Forsyth cowhides are incredibly soft and beautiful.

How do you take care of a Forsyth natural hide rug?  A natural animal hide rug is one of the most durable rugs you can buy.  Forsyth hide rugs will offer years of beauty with minimal care.  Hair on hide is a natural product and will wear under heavy traffic conditions.  With light wear, you can shake out the hide to remove dust - or simply vacuum as you would any other rug, using suction-only without the vacuum's beater bar.  The hide's natural oils resist staining – simply wipe up any spills.  If a stain should occur, use mild soap, warm water, and a soft brush to rub lightly with the grain of the hair.  If the hide becomes very dirty, please contact your local leather cleaner.  Visit our FAQ page for more information.

How do we name our zebra and cowhide rugs?  Forsyth rugs are named after United States Counties.  Why?  Well, it's a kinda funny story.  We have a huge U.S. county map hanging in our offices that we discovered on one of our many antique treasure hunting trips.  It's the coolest thing ever.  We like maps.  A lot.