How can you use a reindeer skin?
Are you looking for something really special? Then a reindeer skin can be a nice addition to your interior.
The use of reindeer skins in interiors has blown over from the Scandinavian countries. Here reindeer herds were, and still are, kept in a traditional way. To survive in the harsh cold, reindeer skins were used in tents and for clothing.
Fortunately, we in the Netherlands do not have harsh winters and (unfortunately) little snow. Today you see reindeer skins more and more in Scandinavian interiors. But also in the Netherlands we see them more often. You can use a reindeer skin in different ways.
Use the reindeer skin as a decoration for over your furniture
One of the most popular ways to use a reindeer skin is as a trow-over on your sofa or chair. This allows you to break up the large surface of your sofa which brings more atmosphere and contrast to your living room.
You can also use a reindeer skin as a decorative piece for over a table complemented with cute little accessories. Or use it as a decoration over the foot of your bed.
Hang a reindeer skin against the wall
In the Scandinavian interiors, log cabins and hunting lodges you see that a reindeer skin is often used as wall decoration. This is just a little bit more unique than a painting from a dozen. The reindeer skins are quite lightweight which makes hanging them up quite easy.
Use a reindeer skin as a rug
One of the other popular ways to use a reindeer skin is as a rug. They immediately bring a warm and elegant atmosphere. For example, you can put a small table on them or lay the hide completely free in your living room or bedroom. However, do not use them as a rug to be walked on.
Important when using a reindeer skin
Reindeer are hardened animals and can survive temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. They can withstand the cold so well because of their special hair. These hairs consist of two different layers namely a dense undercoat and the top hair layer that consists of hollow hairs. These hollow hairs hold air so that the reindeer can keep its warmth very well. You can compare the effect with double glazing of your windows.
Although a reindeer skin can be a wonderful addition to your interior, we recommend using a reindeer skin purely for decoration. If you use a reindeer skin in an active place such as in the hallway, in the chair or as a rug that is walked on, the hairs can eventually break off by the pressure and hair loss occurs. It is recommended not to use the reindeer skin to sit, walk, lie down, etc. Use them purely for decoration, so you can enjoy them the longest.
What colors and sizes do the reindeer skins come in?
Reindeer skins are real natural skins and come in different colors. Most of the reindeer skins are brown or brown with white. It is also possible that a reindeer skin is almost completely white or completely brown, but these plain skins are less common. Very unique are the brown and white spotted reindeer hides, these are very rare.
All hides and skins in our collection are unique so are our reindeer skins. Therefore, each reindeer skin is also unique in size. Reindeer hides can simply be divided into two sizes, namely Bull and Calf. Bull reindeer hides come from large adult reindeer and can be up to 170cm in length. Calf are reindeer skins from slightly younger reindeer. These are usually around a length of +/- 125cm. We only have large skins of adult reindeer.
Looking for reindeer skin inspirations?
Looking for reindeer skin inspirations? We regularly receive super cool inspiration photos from our customers. Are you looking for ideas for your home or office? Then take a look at the pictures below and get inspired!
More reindeer skin inspirations? Then take a quick look at the inspiration room.
Where do reindeer skins come from?
Where we in the Netherlands have cows and sheep they have reindeer in the Northern European, countries specifically, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Reindeer have been herded for hundreds of years by a nomadic people called Sami (also called Samen). Some of the Sami live with the reindeer as traditional nomads, with the reindeer providing the Sami with milk, meat and hides. But where the reindeer were also used as draft animals for the sled.
The reindeer is a semi-domestic animal and lives in herds. These animals roam freely and their habitat can be over 500 square kilometers! The Sami often travel with the reindeer. Where in the Netherlands meat is eaten from for example cow or sheep, in the colder North meat from reindeer is eaten. The skins of the reindeer are often left over. For these skins the same applies as the other skins in our collection, unfortunately the meat industry can do little or nothing with it. Therefore, they are tanned so that nothing is lost.
Why choose a reindeer hide from Leatheroverstock.Com?
Our reindeer hides come from Norway, a by-product from the meat industry. We are constantly looking for the best and most beautiful skins where the reindeer had a good life. Unfortunately, the meat industry can't do anything with the skins and therefore they were often simply discarded. By tanning the skins and fleeces, nothing is lost and the fleece gets a second life.
- The finest skins (only by-products from the meat industry)
- Hand selected
- Supple yet sturdy leather
- Always good hair (we check reindeer hides at least 3x for any hair loss)
- Low maintenance (low maintenance required)
- They are super soft, warm and comfortable
- Totally odorless