AT Survey: Your Thoughts On Animal Hide Rugs

AT Survey: Your Thoughts On Animal Hide Rugs

Amy Azzarito
Jan 8, 2009

We've been looking for a new area rug for the living room when we stumbled on this reindeer hide from Kiosk. We have to say that we love it, but we're not totally sure about having animal hides in the house. We should say that Kiosk has done their research and this is probably the most sustainably produced animal product you could find — reindeer herding is integral to the survival of the indigenous Sami community and the company that Kiosk works with was established in 1929 and produces everything by hand in their workshop. So, what do you think about using animals in decor?

Here's Kiosk's full description of the hide (We could seriously spend all day just reading descriptions on Kiosk!)
Reindeer are found and herded in the whole northern Polar Circle, Mongolia and a small portion of China closest to the Mongolian border. As would be expected, in the North their territory is at risk due to foresting, mining and oil production. Reindeer herding is largely still an indigenous enterprise today. The Sami community stretches across the north of Norway, across Sweden and into Finland and Russia. Reindeer herding is essential to their survival, approximately 40% of the population relies on herding for their income. The Sami have always used as much of the reindeer as possible: milk, hides, meat, horn, bone and hooves, very little of the animal is left for waste. The company we work with was established in 1929 and is located in the far north of Sweden, above the Artic Circle. They continue to be a family business today; they produce everything by hand in their workshop.

Photo from Remodelista's Steal This Look.

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