Ostriches, Sharks, and Stingrays, oh my! : Howards Custom Upholstery

Ostriches, Sharks, and Stingrays, oh my!

by Tavy at Howard's on 05/24/11

First off, I have to say that I respect all living creatures.  If a living organism can experience suffering, then it deserves to be left alone.  However, human evolution has not gone far enough to make this ideal so.  As a result most people eat meat, and cover theire furniture in exotic animal hides.  I personally do not have any exotic fabrics on my furniture, except for some leather pieces, and I won't push my beleifs on anyone else, so with that said..."Customers who crave unusual upholstery can choose from a menagerie of available hides, including alligator, ostrich, shark, stingray, snake, lizard, eel, crocodile, caiman, python (prohibited for sale in California since 1970, so West Coast upholsterers take heed), elephant, zebra, bison, kangaroo, wildebeest and hippo. Each exotic hide has its own look, feel, history and sometimes-surprising characteristics." Wow! I didn't even know there were that many.  Stingray suprisingly seems to be very popular this year and because of the economy caiman also is popular, being that it looks so much like alligator. "Exotic hide trends for 2011 and beyond will include metallics, antiqued and varnished looks, and for budget-minded customers, cowhides and vinyls embossed to resemble exotic hides."  for the entire article check out: http://upholsteryjournalmag.com/articles/0411_ld_exotic_hides.html

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