In ancient times, skin rugs were used primarily for the purpose of adding warmth and comfort for the colder seasons. Today, many people are attracted to rugs that are made of animal skin for decorative purpose because of their exotic and rustic look and feel. Rugs made from the skin of a bear for instance exude elegance and style within the home. Bear skin rugs are made from the pelt or hide of a bear of different types including brown bears, black bears, polar bears, grizzly bears, and Kodiak. The usual colors you will find are black, dark brown or chocolate brown, brown, blond, and cinnamon. The most rare and usually more expensive is blond.
Some important considerations have to be pondered over when purchasing a bear skin rug. Among the crucial factors are the vendor’s license, the quality of the rug, which must be free from scars or blemishes, the presence of the original claws on the hands, the color, the prize, and the size that complements the area where you are going to use it. However, if you are wondering how these bear skin rugs are made, here are the following steps.
- Securing a permit is a must. Without license or proper permit, it is against the law to hunt an animal especially the endangered species. In some regions of the United States and Canada, as long as you have a CITES permit granted by your local Department of Fish and Wildlife, you can hunt bears for meat or for making rugs.
- Carefully remove the skin of the bear and strip off the fat and flesh. Include the areas around the face and claws. Ensure to keep the claws intact.
- Use an appropriate amount of salt to preserve the skin until it is tanned. Place the hide in a burlap and store in a freezer until ready to tan. Freeze drying is a process that is rather expensive and is time consuming. Six months is usually the required freeze drying time for large specimens.
- Have it tanned and treated professionally through a tannery. While waiting for the bear hide, prepare your taxidermy supplies.
- Create a pattern for the rug. Make a skull form to keep the head intact. Using the taxidermy supplies you purchased, complement the rug with eyes, nose, and ears.
- Attach a padding to the bottom of the bear hide using a sewing machine.
- Have it dried and cured until ready to be displayed.
If you are particularly interested to know more about making rugs out of an animal’s skin, consider taking time to study taxidermy – the process of mounting and reproducing dead animals for display. While you can always purchase a bear skin rug or try to create one, you may consider going for the less expensive replicas. Many fake bearskin rugs are just as aesthetically striking as the authentic ones. If you would rather not kill an animal in adorning your home, the imitations are the ideal choice.