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Animal skin rugs and throws are making a big comeback

And good news - the products sold through The Block Shop are all ethically sourced.

For a while there, animal skin rugs were something you’d only find in fusty old hunting lodges. But in recent times, sheepskins, cowhides, deer hides and all sorts of faux skin alternatives have been making an appearance in interiors worldwide.

It’s tough to talk about this trend and NOT dwell on the fact these are the skinned hides of actual animals, who, once upon a time, were wandering through fields and woodland, having a pretty good life.

It can all seem a bit grizzly - especially if you’re a vegan, or vegetarian.

But, if it makes you feel any better, the products sold through The Block Shop are all ethically sourced.

For example, the Icelandic Sheepskin rug sold through the Simple Style Company has been ethically sourced from high-quality hide wholesalers.

“All Hides of Excellence Icelandic sheepskins are ethically sourced by-products of the food industry,” they explain.

Ditto, the Curly-Haired Tibetan sheepskin cushions, available through Norsu.

“This Tibetan sheepskin cushion is ethically sourced from only premium quality suppliers who conform to strict European Union directives on environmental guidelines throughout the tanning process to ensure products are safe for adults, children and the environment,” they explain.

Used draped over chairs, to add texture to a room, or to add interest to a sparse Scandinavian interior, these hides look magnificent in all kinds of spaces.

And, if after all that, you STILL can’t get your head around it all, there are plenty of gorgeous fake versions on offer.

And honestly - it’s hard, sometimes, to tell the difference.

Pink Blush Mongolian Sheepskin Mongolian sheepskin throw in blush tones can be added to nearly any style to add luxurious sophistication. Mix with funky urban decor for a surprising touch of comfort, or add to a feminine, romantic space for a cosy, intimate feeling.
Reindeer Hide Beige The Block Shop by Simple Style Co Add rustic charm, or bring a touch of the current interior 'Scandi Chic' glamour trend into your home interiors with the inclusion of a beautiful natural reindeer hide.
Grey Mongolian sheepskin cushion from The Block Shop by Norsu This Tibetan sheepskin cushion is ethically sourced from only premium quality suppliers who conform to strict European Union directives on environmental guidelines. As seen in Jason & Sarah's Block Ski Lodge Challenge.
Emerald Trilogy Cowhide Rug, The Block Shop Literally the 'emerald' jewel in the crown, this luscious Trilogia cowhide rug will reinvent and refresh your interior like nothing else. Out of this world and glam on a major scale!
Hides of Excellence Mongolian sheepskin blanket blush pink from The Block Shop. Genuine Mongolian Sheepskin Blanket, in a beautiful soft blush pink tone. It is a luxurious decor accessory perfect for a bed cover or to drape over you while you relax on the lounge.
Gotland Sheepskin Rug, Light Grey, HIDES OF EXCELLENCE. The Block Shop. A Gotland sheepskin rug in one of the most coveted of all the sheepskin hides in the world, renowned for its beautifully soft and silky tight ringlet curls and durable characteristics.
Mongolian Sheepskin Throw, Various Colours. SIMPLE STYLE CO from The Block Shop. Add a luxurious finish to any room! The perfect home accessory to drape over a chair, sofa or bed for added glamour and cosiness.
La Quinta Rug Circulo, Grey, ART HIDE from The Block Shop Symmetrical, minimal, classical…La Quinta Cowhide Rug Circulo in Grey.

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