Sheep Skin

10th August 2017 by Daniella Quaglia

My love affair with all things Scandi interior design reached a new level this week when I found myself in a storeroom full of sheepskin rugs and cow hides. I could hardly resist rolling around in the softness, closing my eyes and dreaming of being in Denmark with a cinnamon bun and a gorgeous man with a big beard.

Not quite…

The fabulous owner of one of my go to interior shops – Liz of Collective in Leamington (and now a fabulous Pop Up shop in Birmingham) – showed me their range of luxurious sheepskins, cowhides, furry covered cushions and throws. I’d asked to take a look around and pick up some rugs for ournext photoshoots. I was thrilled with the quality and range Collective had to offer. You will see our selection in some gorgeous homes we will be advertising over the next few months.

Sheepskin is everywhere – from Swedish design magazines, every discerning interior designers Instagram and luxury homes – and it’s not going anywhere. I’ve been using sheepskins on my floors for a while but more recently I’ve been throwing over chair backs and bench seats to bring in a bit of texture and comfort to my seating arrangements. You will now find a sheepskin in the bathroom, the nursery, over the rocking chair in the kitchen and at the end of my bed. Mr Clarke sometimes thinks the house is like a farm yard.

I’ve always used rugs in my interiors and by laying them you add texture and interest to a space. Laying a cowhide over wooden floors creates a natural feel to a room and the addition of sheepskins and throws in natural materials such as woollen blankets gives the signature scandi look and the calm and quiet Hygge feel – just add a gorgeous man with a big beard.

Visit Collective online at or Park Street Leamington Spa or Great Western Arcade Birmingham.

Take a look at our Instagram for how we are using cowhides and sheepskins in our interiors.

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