Snakeskin Furniture

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics, Upholstery Fabric

Snakeskin Ottoman

Snakeskin Ottoman

Although leather is the only type of animal hide that most Americans have seen furniture made from, around the world, furniture, clothing and other miscellaneous items are made from various types of animal hides. Even though many exotic animals are illegal to hunt, poachers have paid no attention to the laws and killed these animals for their hides and body parts.

It is when elephant, gorilla and rhinoceros legs are used as the base for a table, as well as their tusks used for dozens of odd decorations, that some people develop a taste for the exotic. In countries such as South Africa, ostrich skin has become popular for people with wealth

and social status to make lounge suites, ottomans and other types of furniture and accent pieces. As snakeskin becomes increasingly popular, so does the desire to have snakeskin as the furniture medium of choice by these people with a unique taste.

Furniture that is made by using snakeskin usually is very durable, due to its pliable and tough design by nature, and is waterproof for the same reasons. If you are looking for animal-friendly options, embossed vinyl can give you an equally stylish variation on the look.

Snakeskin Chair

Snakeskin Chair

Snakeskin prints are a great way to subtly incorporate the look into a room to give it the special and exotic look. Many of the natural markings and colorings of the snake will blend into virtually any type of décor but is probably most fitting in a more rustic style of decorating.

If you’re not quite bold enough to wear a snakeskin print, incorporating snakeskin style fabrics into your décor can be a fun way to take part in the trend. Snakeskin fabrics come in all variations, from those traditionally seen in nature to fun metallics and othercolors and finishes that are certain to add a touch of personality to your home.

Types of reptile fabric

Category : Reptile fabrics

Animal prints are all the rage this season, and reptilian fabrics in particular hold an exotic appeal. But what about the animals from which these fabrics are modeled (or sometimes harvested) from? We’ll take you through all the top types of reptile fabric and the scaly creatures that inspired them.

Alligator fabric

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Snakes, including Pythons and Cobras:

Pythons are some of the most popular snakes in the fashion industry, contributing to innumerous handbags, clothing and shoes. Some python handbags can warrant three hundred dollars or more, while python belts can cost in the hundreds. The boa constrictors of South America’s tropical forests have also suffered dearly at the hands of skin hunters there. Though snakeskin providers allege that their snakes are raised on farms, the truth is that most snakes are hunted by villagers in Indonesia for meager profit. The snake is often brutally killed by a meat hook or nail to the head, at which point an incision is made to the length of the snake so that the skin can be pulled off in one piece. The skinned snakes are left to die a slow, agonizing death.

Crocodilians, including Alligators and Crocodiles:

Though they possess a lifespan of thirty to fifty years, it takes only three years for an alligator to reach the marketable size of five to seven feet on a farm. Despite having been on the endangered species list a few decades ago, alligator hides are still lucrative for the fashion industry.  Farms established all across the United States raise alligators to be slaughtered for their skins. As a Trustee of the Reptile Protection Trust, scientist Clifford Warwick laments the reptiles’ treatment on these farms, illuminating that the gators are often skinned alive for the sake of handbags and coats. According to numbers provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Federation, the alligator hide business quadrupled from 1987 to 1995, wherein 200,000 hides were produced; Britain imported four hundred some skins that year alone.

Often crocodiles are farmed in America as well, and meet the same fate as their alligator comrades. Taking a chisel to their spinal cord, the farmers paralyze the reptiles and begin to cut into their skin as they die. Alternatively, the crocodiles may be clubbed to death with a bludgeon by farmers. Crocodiles are also raised in South Africa, Israel and China for their skin. It’s estimated that two million hides are harvested annually worldwide, but this does not include those skins harvested illegally from crocodilian creatures like the Indonesian Komodo dragon or Philippine monitor lizard, also farmed for skin.

Lizards:

While crocodiles declined to the point of being considered endangered species, lizards began to be used in their stead. Lizards, like snakes, play an important role in the ecosystem. Whereas snakes help contain disease and crop damage by keeping the rodent population in check, lizards do the same in regards to insect populations. Argentinean Red Tegu lizards have been exported in the millions for leather trade, dramatically contributing to the species’ overall decline. Meanwhile, African monitor lizards have also been slaughtered in vast amounts for their skin. The radiant skins of the Amazon Basin’s Caiman Lizards are also south after for boots, such as those manufactured by the Tony Lama Boot Company. One pair of boots required the skin of four lizards and could have a price tag of up to a thousand dollars.

Though it threatens the lives of several rare species of reptiles, the luxury reptile trade nevertheless continues to thrive. Consumers need to be aware of the living creatures whose lives are sacrificed for the sake of their wardrobe. Rather than support the brutalization of these animals, consumers should try to buy faux reptile fabrics, like mock-croc and faux snakeskin goods, as well as materials like PVC, patent leather, and other artificial, man-made materials.

Snakeskin fabric in the upholstery industry

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics, Upholstery Fabric

Snakeskin has made quite a statement in fashion, embellishing the bags and boots of all the biggest celebrities. But snakeskin can make just as much of a statement in your home as well. Snakeskin fabric is often used to upholster everything from ottomans to sofas and chairs! Faux snakeskin is plush and inexpensive while adding an exotic, edgy feel to your home decorum.

Snakeskin fabric for handbags.
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Due to the brutal way in which snakeskin and other reptilian skin was harvested, not to mention the surge in cost as demand rose and hunted species became increasingly rare, leaders in the fashion industry opted for humane and inexpensive alternatives to authentic animal skins. By embellishing fabric with a snakeskin pattern, manufacturers could reproduce the scaly look their customers so desperately wanted to flaunt. Such faux skin fabrics have opened up a new realm of possibilities for design and decorum. While snakeskin and other animal prints have long been adapted to fashion and accessories, there are increasingly finding their ways into homes as well.

Too often snakeskin patterns are associated with PVC, patent vinyl and other slick materials in garish shades of hot red or neon green. Likewise, snakeskin patterns are often dismissed as being too conspicuous for the home, better suited for bar scenes and nightclubs. And while no one would argue that a set of snakeskin-upholstered barstools are cool, in actuality snakeskin and other reptile fabrics hold the potential for class and sophistication when presented in the right hues and against the proper fabrics. The trick is to keep the snakeskin a subtle accent rather than a center of attention. The patterns provided by reptile skins are already distinct enough that they arguably suffer from any other kind of embellishment. In this vein, you should stick to soft fabrics and neutral or earthy colors when choosing your snakeskin upholstery.

Upholstered snakeskin chair.Scaly Sophistication: The winning combination of animal skin upholstery is epitomized in this tasteful snakeskin armchair. Upholstered in a glimmering snakeskin-patterned cotton velvet, the chair exudes elegance with the texture provided by the natural variances in color and shade. The intriguing snakeskin pattern offers an exotic element that defines this piece as the centerpiece of any room. At the same time, it’s soft and subtle enough to seamlessly blend with the rest of your decorum.

Image of Metaphores’ Boa courtesy of Fibercopia.

Snakeskin adds a sense of the chic and stylish to any abode. It, like other reptile fabrics, possesses a natural texture from its scaly constitution, which simply exudes intrigue. A snakeskin pattern applied to faux leather in muted neutral tones like beige and cream add a bit of edge perfect for upholstering car seats, while remaining sophisticated enough to be suitable for a swank living room sofa or armchair. Snakeskin applied to the same leather-like material in rich hues of red or deep green add a soft sensuality when limited to accents like throw pillows and the like. Conversely, sometimes a bit of hardness is desirable; applying a thick crocodile skin pattern to PVC or patent vinyl yields the perfect material to cover an ottoman or chair in olive or other neutral tones. This material is slick and cool, fully embodying the reptiles whose skin inspired them.

Reptile skin upholstered table.It’s not just seating that can be upholstered in reptilian skin; here Graham & Greene deliver a contemporary coffee table bound in cream faux snakeskin fabric and fashioned on a stainless steel frame and legs. The smooth leather material and neutral color complements the snakeskin pattern perfectly while and allowing this potential living room centerpiece to harmonize with the rest of the decorum. Products such as these demonstrate the overwhelming potential for snakeskin in the upholstery industry. From slick car seats and bar stools to sophisticated home seating and tableware, reptile skin fabric is making a statement in interior decorating.