Cowhide Rugs – Copper, Brindle, Russet

Cowhide Rugs – Copper, Brindle, Russet


Zulucow’s cowhide rugs are unique. They are not only high quality; supple with a lustre and shine; but they are renowned for their exquisite, multi-coloured markings. And, they are sustainably-sourced, by-products of the indigenous Nguni cattle. The Zulus treasure their Nguni herds, breeding them over centuries, for their beautiful markings and symmetry for the use in shields, ceremonial clothing and rugs.

Each hide is so precious that the Zulus developed a poetic naming practice for them, naming each one according to its similarity to the natural world surrounding them (birds, fauna and flora of the African bush.) For example: the ‘Brindle’ rug on this page, is called: ‘insundu ‘- ‘Brown Beast’



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Zulucow’s Nguni cowhide rugs are statement pieces which suit traditional or contemporary homes; urban or country dwellings; loft apartments, ski chalets or country retreats. The Zulus have bred Nguni cattle for centuries, for their beautiful markings and symmetry, to make shields, ceremonial clothing and rugs. Read my Blog for more details of: The importance of the Nguni to the Zulus then and now

As each rug is natural and unique, their measurements vary. (They measure approximately: 2m x 2m. Other sizes are available.) Please email me if you need a smaller or specific size.

The hide you select via the drop down ‘colour’ menu is the exact hide you will receive. 


Zulucow’s hides are robust and easy to clean (if dirtied by muddy human or animal paws.) You can vacuum or brush them. Soak up any spills with a paper towel/cloth and wipe with a damp cloth and/or warm soapy water. Dry the wet area by airing the hide in the shade; not in the sun. As the hair is not a hollow fibre it does not absorb dirt.

(Go to IGTV @zulucowbylucy on Instagram) for a video on how to clean Zulucow’s natural cowhide rugs) 

Care of Cowhides

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