The Nguni rug

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Every home can be completed by the addition of a quality, well-sourced sophisticated rug. Nguni cattle get their name from the Nguni people, a group of black African tribes.

These cattle are a heritage breed that has adapted to the African environment, particularly in South Africa, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique and are noted for their adaptability, resilience, and hardiness, which have allowed them to survive in a variety of different and frequently challenging climate conditions throughout

Southern Africa. It is slightly smaller in size than other massive beef breeds, but this feature allows it to survive in Africa’s Highveld regions.

The horn shapes and skin patterns of the Nguni cattle are distinct and unique in that no two animals are alike, which adds to the appeal of this species and helps to distinguish it from other breeds.

To prevent ticks from attaching themselves to the animal, their hide is smooth and glossy. The animal’s legs and hooves are strong enough to allow it to walk and climb to locate enough grass. The tail is slim and flexible with a full brush that extends all the way to the hock.

These proud and unique beasts are recognised for their calm demeanor.


The Nguni rug is one of the most outstanding products generated from Nguni cattle. These rugs are made from the cattle hides and are noted for their remarkable quality, longevity, and distinct aesthetic appeal. The patterns, colours, and overall quality of the hides are carefully chosen. These selected hides are then tanned to retain their integrity, and ensure that they remain supple and durable. The hides are washed and treated completely, eliminating any contaminants or residues.

Skilled artisans cut and stitch the skins together, creating eye-catching geometric patterns or other artistic designs. The size and shape of the rug can change to suit different tastes and purposes.


Nguni hides are highly functional and are mostly used as rugs in homes and furniture coverings as they are both decorative and warm.

Cattle are a strong feature in African culture and are considered a measurement of wealth: the more cattle a man owns, the wealthier he is considered. The Nguni Cow breed are the traditional breed of the Zulu nation and have strong associations both in name and in physical attributes to their surroundings on the plains of Kwazulu-Natal and Zululand.

These skins are roughly 2m x 1.5m however the initial size of the animal varies so this is not exact but merely an indication. Iron Age nomads first introduced the Nguni cattle breed into South Africa in about 600 AD. These low-maintenance cattle were ideally suited to the communal farming systems of the settlers and, as far as can be established, remained relatively unaltered during the next millennium.

Cow print blankets display the essence of African cultures and highlight their dependence on the hardy Nguni cattle breed for their socio-economic, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing. Bantu nations view cattle as Godly or an intermediary between man and God.  The Nguni can be classified as a Sanga-type of cattle breed, of the species Bos Indicus. Nguni people and their livestock migrated from North, Central and East Africa, crossing the Zambezi river.


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