Leather has always been a staple of high-end furniture. In recent years, using leather as a floor covering has become more common. The typical whole-hide pattern is still available, but contemporary styles with dyed pieced leather and leather shags are also entering the market. Regardless of style, leather rugs will make a dramatic focal point of any room. Leather is soft and comfortable but also extremely robust and durable, making it great for living rooms or bedrooms.
To clean a leather rug, vacuum with the upholstery attachment or beaten and shook by hand. If small particles and dirt are allowed to rest in the fibers, they could scratch the leather and damage the rug. Leather is a natural material and may mold or mildew if left wet. If a wet cleaning is needed, consult a professional cleaning service.
The design, function, and longevity of leather rugs have been greatly improved. If budget allows, decorators should look for “whole leather” rugs. They are of higher quality and reflect the true benefits associated with the material. Bonded or bi-cast leathers are scraps that are processed with chemicals and machines to form a fabric. These forms of leather are more affordable but usually not as durable or soft.