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How To Cure Cowhide 'Cigarring'

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Cowhide rugs are not only beautiful, they're hardwearing too.  However, your cowhide rug may develop 'cigarring', especially following storage.  So, what can you do to cure the problem?  Read on for more information.

What causes cigarring?

Cigarring is the term commonly used to describe the phenomenon of edge curling on cowhide rugs.  This can be caused by poor tanning processes that cause the thinnest areas of the hide to dry out more quickly than the thicker ones.  The uneven surface tension that this creates can lead to splitting and curling, especially around the legs or face cheek areas of the rug.

Although the problem is more commonly experienced with cheaper hides, good-quality rugs can occasionally be affected too.  This can be caused by exposure to strong, direct sunlight or through the cowhide being placed beneath an overhead heater for long periods of time.  Underfloor heating can also eventually lead to cigarring.

Curing cigarring

The first action to take is to give the curling leather a spritz with warm water, followed by a simple squeeze massage.  This helps to rehydrate the leather and sometimes remedies the problem without the need for further action.

If the rug continues to curl, try using a warm steam iron over a clean, cotton cloth to press both sides of the hide, using plenty of steam to keep the leather moist.

Your final option is to trim away a small slice of leather to remove the area that curls, using a sharp craft knife.  To do this, place the rug, hair side down, on the floor.  Draw the blade across the leather beneath the hair, following the curve of the rug and leaving a 'fringe' of hair overhanging the edge.  This technique will remove the dried-out, curling leather whilst leaving the hair in place so not spoiling the look of the rug.

Take a small quantity of olive or orange oil in your fingers and massage it into the edges of the cowhide rug to give the leather more flexibility.  You may have to repeat this moisturising process regularly to prevent further curling, especially if your rug is kept in a very dry, warm environment.

In conclusion

If your beautiful cowhide rug begins to curl up at the edges, you can remedy the problem by following the tips outlined above. 

When shopping for cowhide rugs, remember that cheaper ones are potentially more likely to curl up than better quality, more expensive ones and may not last as long.  For this reason, you are advised to buy the best cowhide rug that your budget will allow.

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13 July 2016