I think I've got it, now...
Our main living room is long and narrow, and lends itself to two distinct areas - a TV/sitting area with couch, coffee table, etc in the back, and the front area that consists of the piano and a side chair.
I'm thinking this small area is just the spot for a cowhide. The organic nature of it will tone down the formality of the chair, and it will create an interesting mix with the Oriental lines of the small side table.
As for the cowhide color choice: a pale, palomino or "latte" color would look nice, and since there isn't much foot traffic to worry about, the light color should be OK.
Some inspirational pics of pale or blonde cowhides...
They also cite (but don't necessarily agree with) a New York Times article that declares cowhides one of several "overused" design elements.
I see it this way: I live in Brazil, where some of the finest cowhides are found, I find their design appealing, and I'm from Texas and married to a man who grew up on a farm working cattle - my sense of legitimacy on this borders on the cliché!
Doesn't it kinda bug when someone or something arbitrarily declares something "out?" Pffft!
And another clever combo I'll call " elegant cowboy bling."
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