It is expensive to have furniture upholstered in hide, and for some of us vegetarians, myself included, it isn't a trend we feel good about. I say, let your conscience be your guide and if you can't justify the slaughtering of animals for you to walk or sit on...there are alternatives. I collect vintage skin rugs..as long as I have not driven the present market to kill another animal I am ok with it. And the rugs are so easy to clean. Wash them with diluted dog shampoo, stretch to dry and brush them out while damp. That's it.
You can toss them on chairs, on the bed or on the floor. They are especially cozy in winter, (and my dog thanks me for them)Woolly Tibetan lamb rugs look terrific on furniture, while exotic hides are a classic . How scrumptious is this antique zebra hide rug from an old Veranda photo?
Trending big in Paris right now are fauteuils taken down to the bare wood, buffed in a clear wax and covered in distressed leather or denim. I expect to see this trend coming stateside soon. And if you are vegan, or vegetarian, remember there are lots of great faux leather upholstery fabrics hitting the market these days ready to add a little 'oh la la 'to your decor!