Frequently Asked Questions
The length from head to tail is measured from the widest point on the top, to the widest point at the bottom.
The length between the hind legs is measured across, from the widest point on the left, to the widest point on the right.
All MaritzART Nguni Hides are sourced and made in South Africa. The hides are sourced from slaughterers all over South Africa. We hand select them from tanneries throughout South Africa. Our Hides are chrome tanned. Because these animals are used for meat production, the hides are a by-product.
Our Nguni Hides are of the highest quality, because making them easy to maintain. Interestingly, Nguni Hides do not absorb dirt, the hides hair forms a natural scotch guard.
You can always wipe your hide with a damp cloth, but the bottom part of your hide shouldn’t get wet. Therefore, never leave your hide outside in the rain. And when you wash your tile floor, make sure the tiles are completely dry before you put the hide back in its place. Furthermore, please note – do not put your Nguni Hide in the washing machine, as the leather will harden and lose it shape, while forming unwanted folds and wrinkles.
You can use your Nguni Hide in high traffic areas throughout your home, because it is the most durable carpet you will own. Nguni Hides are versatile and low maintenance. They are hypo-allergenic as dust won’t have any place “to hide” in this leather carpet. They are stain resistant and extremely easy to clean.
All orders placed in South Africa over R4000 qualify for free delivery, and orders under the value of R4000 will cost as little as R99 to deliver nationwide. Orders placed outside of the South African borders will receive a quotation on the delivery of goods.
Our Nguni Cow Hides are graded to the following: A-Grade, AA-Grade and Tri-Colour. You do get B grade cow hides in the market, but we at MaritzART don’t sell these, because we prefer to provide our clients with only the best quality.
An A-Grade cow hide, is classified as a good hide that has a patch or two, or maybe even a hair slip. These imperfections are small and are usually visible when looking at the hide from above. These hides are still an ideal option to use as carpets or floor mats. In addition, they can easily be used to make cushions, coasters and other Nguni products.
An AA-Grade cow hide can be classified as an almost perfect, premium quality hide. It is important to note that no hide is perfect. Because the Nguni Skins used to make Nguni Hides are made from free range Nguni Cattle, they roam freely and may have small imperfections. AA-Grade Hides may have tiny patches or very few ‘flaws’, that are barely visible. Around 95% of the MaritzART Nguni Hides are AA-Grade, and are used to make floormats, carpets, ottomans, and other Nguni furniture.
A Tri-Colour Hide can be classified as an AA-Grade Hide, with the only difference being that the hide has more than two colours. These grade hides are very scarce and unique. The typical colour variation prevalent in Tri-Colour Hides; is black, white and brown. However, sometimes a dash of grey is also visible.
- The size of the Hide (Please refer to the section on ‘How is the size of a Nguni Hide measured?’ under this FAQ page).
- The Grade of the Hide (Please refer to the section on ‘How are MaritzART Nguni Hides graded?’ under this FAQ page).
- The scarcity of the Hides pattern.
- Whether we choose to mark Hides on sale, to make place for new Hide stock.
Definitely not! All Nguni’s in South Africa must be ‘branded’ according to the law. Once the Nguni Skin is ‘tanned’, it is highly possible that the ‘brand’ mark will be barely visible. On certain hides however, this mark may be visible. Regardless of the mark being visible or not, it doesn’t by any means influence the grading of the skin. Interestingly enough, some of our clients actually like the ‘branding’ and see it as an authentic piece of Nguni; while other do not. So, it is clear that it is a matter of personal preference.