General Knowledge about Zebra Skin Rugs

Beautifying your home with zebra skin rugs should be one of the options on the table. The beauty and the elegance not forgetting the jungle feel that the rugs bring qualifies them to being the best option for you. Many people love zebras because of their fascinating color patters. If looking for a way to make your home pretty and full of natural aura by using these rugs, then here are some of the facts that you must know about them.

The first thing to know is that there are Equus Burchelli (plains zebras), Mountain and Gravy’s zebras. The gravy’s and the mountain zebras are not many –in fact they are among the endangered animals. The Burchelli zebras are in their millions and in some sub Saharan African countries they surpass the human population at times. These animals are herbivores and have the same body structure as that of a donkey. Looking at the zebra closely, you won’t fail to notice that it has so much resemblance with a donkey.

Most of the sub-Saharan African countries have a large population of the Burchelli zebras. Countries that have such large populations of these animals include Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa among others. Of all the countries in the world that have zebras, Tanzania and South Africa are the only ones that allow culling. Culling is the controlled killing of the zebras so as to control their population. In any other country in the world, killing a zebra is considered as poaching. When trading in the zebra skin rugs, you should be aware that it will be illegal to buy such from a poached one. It is therefore important to know exactly where the skin that you are buying has been sourced so as not to find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Being a herbivorous animal, the zebra is prey to a number of felines and crocodiles. During their lives, they encounter several predators and at times these encounters are serious. There are instances that a zebra will run with its life even after it has been captured by a lion. This will leave the zebra with scars or blemishes. These are the scars that will be used to determine the class the skin will be put in.

The grades that the zebra skin rugs are put in start with the Trophy Grade. This grade is the highest one and the rug will have no mark or blemish whatsoever. The rug will be quite expensive and will go for anything above $2,000. Grade A is the second one category of classification. The rug will be of very high quality and only a small flaw will be seen. It is only an expert who can point out the defect and after spending time exploring the rug. Grade B is the one the follows. This grade has several blemishes and scars that a careful person will notice. The price tag is not high. Grade C is the last category. In most instances, the rugs in this category are used to make items.

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4 thoughts on “General Knowledge about Zebra Skin Rugs

  1. I just purchased a zebra skin non felted rug and asked about using it on my bed. The seller said that I may get spots on my dark bedspread if I put the skin on it since the materials used to preserve it would come through as light spots. Is this correct and is there anything I could do to prevent this? Will this affect my wood floors if it is placed directly on the floor?
    Thanks you.

  2. Hello S. Keiber,
    Laying a non felted zebra rug on your bed is not a great idea not staining (doubt this will happen) but because the hair on the hide is quite coarse and if it break onto the bed, this will be very uncomfortable for the person sleeping on the sheets. Felting the hide is a good approach is it protects the underside of the hide. Also laying a zebra rug on a wooden floor is completely ok and will not affect the material.

    Thanks

    • Best way to reduce folding on legs is to apply heavy objects to the legs and leave it there for sometime (3-4 days). This is a procedure we use ourselves and helps a lot.

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