Single backed area rugs only need a small amount of latex to keep them bonded while secondary backing rugs need more latex to secure the backing material. If the rug maker uses synthetic latex for bonding, your nose will be happy. It will only have a new rug smell for a short period of time. If your rug maker uses a lot of real latex to secure a secondary backing, it will most likely stink of burnt rubber for years to come. Especially when the weather gets hot. Most noses and eyes are sensitive to real latex in larger doses. If you have chemical sensitivities, stick to single backed area rugs that dont use heavy applications of synthetic latex.
Some homeowners are motivated to add a cowhide rug to their home because of the natural beauty of this material. Animal hides immediately incorporate a natural element into the space, and this can easily soften an otherwise intense decorative scheme with incredible contrast. While it is natural, it is also hypo-allergenic. This makes it ideal for homes with allergy-sufferers. The natural element of cowhide is most commonly thought of for rustic or country themes, but it looks great with classic, modern, French country and other styles as well.
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