Choosing Quality Zebra Skin: What to Look For

I don't know about you, but have you ever wanted to own something exotic and unique like zebra skin? Whether you’re interested in zebra rugs, pillows, or other décor, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing high-quality zebra skins and products. Not all zebra skins are created equal, and there are a few things you should look for to ensure you end up with a product you’ll love for years to come. When shopping for zebra skins, check the origin and grade, look closely at the pattern, and examine the tanning and dyeing.
By keeping an eye out for these factors, you’ll find zebra skins that are beautiful, durable, and ethically sourced, like the ones in our shop. With some knowledge about what makes for a quality zebra skin product, you’ll be strutting your stylish and wild new décor in no time.
1. Know Your Zebra Skin Types: Plains, Mountain, Grevy's
When choosing quality zebra skins, it’s important to know the different types available. The three main species are plains zebra, mountain zebra, and Grevy’s zebra.
Plains Zebra - The most common, plains zebra skins typically have distinctive black and white stripes. Look for skins with uniform, evenly spaced stripes and minimal scarring or damage. Higher quality skins will have a soft, velvety feel.
Mountain Zebra - Mountain zebra skins are more muted in colour with thinner stripes. They tend to be more lightweight and flexible. Mountain zebra is an endangered species, so any products using their skins should follow regulations on legally and sustainably sourced hides.
Grevy’s Zebra - The largest zebra species, Grevy’s zebra, has even wider stripes that often extend to the belly. Their thick hides are ideal for products needing durability like floor mats or chair coverings. However, Grevy’s zebra is also endangered, so sustainable and legal sourcing is critical.
2. When shopping, check if the product specifies the zebra species and origin. 
Reputable retailers will provide details on legally and sustainably sourced hides following international regulations. Ask questions if needed. With so many attractive zebra skin products available, it’s worth finding those of high quality and ethical standards. By knowing the types of zebra skins and what to look for, you can choose a product you’ll enjoy for years to come.
3. Check for Authenticity: Signs of Real Zebra Hide
To ensure you're getting authentic zebra skin, check for these signs of real hide:
Look for imperfections. Real zebra skin will have natural marks, scars or variations in the stripe pattern. Perfectly symmetrical stripes are a red flag.
Examine the texture. Genuine zebra hide has a smooth, supple feel. Fake versions often feel stiff, plasticky or uneven. Real zebra skin is also porous, so the underside won't have a glossy coating.
Check if the stripe pattern continues on the underside. On real zebra skins, the striping pattern should be visible on both sides of the hide. Imitations typically only have the pattern on the outer side.
See if the hair follicles are visible. Authentic zebra skin will have small hair follicles embedded in the hide, especially on the underside. Synthetic versions lack these details.
Consider the price. Real zebra skin is rare and expensive, often several hundred to over a thousand dollars, depending on the size and quality. If a product seems too cheap, it's probably not genuine. That's a big reason to take advantage of our $200 off labour day sale! Grab it… you know you want it.
All in all, by looking closely at the imperfections, texture, striping, hair follicles and price, you can determine if you're getting high-quality, real zebra skin or an imitation. Real zebra hide may cost more, but its stunning natural beauty and durability make it well worth the investment. With the proper care, authentic zebra skin will last for generations.
Assess Quality and Condition: What to Look for in Zebra Skins
When looking at zebra skins, check the quality and condition carefully before purchasing. Some key things to assess:
Fur softness and sheen - The fur should feel soft, full, and silky. Run your hands through the fur—it should have a healthy sheen and move fluidly. Check that the hairs aren’t brittle or matted. Soft, lustrous fur indicates a high-quality skin.
Hide thickness and suppleness - Gently pull and stretch parts of the skin to check its thickness and suppleness. A high-quality zebra skin will feel thick yet pliable. It shouldn’t feel too stiff or too thin and fragile. Thicker, more supple hides tend to last longer.
Size and symmetry - Examine the size, shape, and symmetry of the zebra skin. Look for a skin that is uniformly shaped with an even fur pattern over its entire surface. The stripes should be symmetrical, evenly spaced, and the same width.
Irregular sizing or asymmetrical striping usually indicates lower quality.
Holes, tears or bald spots - Inspect the zebra skin closely for any holes, tears, bald spots or other imperfections in the hide or fur. Small imperfections can often be repaired but may still affect quality. Major damage to the hide or bald spots in the fur significantly reduce quality and longevity.
Preservation method - How the zebra skin was preserved also affects its quality and condition. Chromium-tanned or brain-tanned skins tend to be softer and higher quality. Salt-cured or sun-dried skins are more prone to damage and lower quality. Ask about the preservation method to determine if proper care was taken to produce a high-quality skin.
By carefully evaluating these factors, you can determine if a zebra skin is high quality and in good condition—or if you should keep looking. Taking the time to choose a high-quality skin will help ensure you get a product that will last and look beautiful for years to come.
Looking for a reputable retailer that can trace the product to a legitimate source and provides a guarantee is our main five star service. We are that reputable retailer because we check all the boxes listed above! So look no further. Your zebra skin accessory is an investment, so take your time to find one that suits your style perfectly. With the right zebra skin style by your side, you'll be strutting in style for seasons to come.