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On The Cheap…My Hunt for a Zebra Rug

On The Cheap…My Hunt for a Zebra Rug

So I’ve had in my mind for a while that I’d like a faux zebra rug in my living room.  I am mad about this “layered” look – a sisal or sea grass rug, with a zebra rug sort of tossed on top:


Via House Beautiful



Via Cote de Texas


I started by falling in love with this faux zebra rug from Shades of Light.  It’s cowhide, and I liked that it was “antiqued”.  It costs a pretty penny at over $800, but I fell in love with a picture of it I saw in House Beautiful a few months ago, and I basically decided I just had to have it:

Acid wash zebra rug, Shades of Light, $828


Before I pulled the trigger though I knew I should do more research… and I’m so glad I did.   WOW the prices really vary out there, and I’m here to tell you that the product is often very much the same!


Design Within Reach sells a faux zebra rug for $2300 – yikes!  Turns out the cowhide is from Italy, not from Brazil, where most of the other retailers buy their product.   I don’t know, the rug seems nice enough but I prefer the other patterns I saw out there…

DWR zebra
Zebra Cowhide Rug, Design Within Reach, ~$2300

Here’s one I found on Etsy for $360:

Zebra CowhideZebra Cowhide Rug, Loft32, Via Etsy, $360


And Williams Sonoma sells a similar looking rug for about $1000:

williams sonoma zebra

Via Williams Sonoma zebra rug, $995


So what did I end up choosing?  I actually purchased my fabulous faux zebra rug from cowhidesinternational.com, for $299!!  I’m telling you it’s the sweetest little company out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and they provided the most awesome service.

I love this rug. It does the trick and lends the right effect.  Here’s the rug in its new home:

zebra rug


I’m tickled to death that I found a “low” option for what could have potentially been very, very “high”!

Do you have any fun “low” items you’ve purchased for your home that could have very easily been “high”??  I’m dying to hear!


  • Phyllis

    October 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM Reply

    I love the rug!!!! Even better that your research netted such a great deal! Your house looks wonderful! Open house someday after baby? 😉

  • nicole

    March 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM Reply

    Hi Lorri, I’m researching myself and just saw your very helpful post. Question: Was there a smell at all to the hide, and has the quality kept up all this time later? Thank you!!

    • Lorri

      March 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM Reply

      Hi Nicole – happy to say there was no smell and it’s held up beautifully. Good luck!

  • adriana barar

    December 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I ended up doing my own faux zebra carpet:D Under 50$ 😉

    • Lorri Dyner

      January 3, 2016 at 4:34 PM Reply

      Wow a DIY faux zebra carpet! I haven’t heard of that one yet. I’d love to see it!

  • carolyn Casey

    July 31, 2016 at 10:47 AM Reply

    What was the number on the rug u purchased? I looked in line appears as though the $299 rugs have some beige. Yours doesn’t have it. New hat was the size u ordered?

    • Lorri Dyner

      October 28, 2016 at 3:55 PM Reply

      Hi Carolyn – I suggest going to cowhidesinternational.com and look for their “Stenciled Black Stripe Zebra Cowhide Rugs” – that will get you to a rug that’s similar to mine. Best of luck!

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