So as you know, I’ve been making a few little changes to my dining room in between other bits and pieces (and getting a new puppy which has miraculously taken up ALL of my time). I recently removed the gallery wall which of course then starts a whole process of everything needing to be changed. I call it the Decorating Domino Effect.
Well, when the good folks at Skullbliss contacted me about reviewing one of their beautifully-carved skulls, I already knew the perfect place it would go because I’d been looking for something to balance out the expanse left behind by removing the gallery. As much as I liked the mirror in that spot, it was only temporary as I wanted it back in my office where it was originally meant to be.
Now, I know not everyone would be thrilled having an animal head in their homes and if this is you, it’s fine. We’re all different, we all have different things we’re okay with and things that bother us and I have a feeling this may be one of those things that divides opinion. But for me, I eat meat (from grass-fed animals, again a personal choice), wear leather and I have no objection to having a cowhide rug – in fact, I adore my two cowhides (by-products of the meat industry) so I personally feel it would be hypocritical of me to object to something like this.
However, my first question to Skullbliss was how the carved cow skulls are acquired. The response from Skullbliss quelled any worry for me and I found it fascinating so I thought I’d share that with you here.
“We actually buy all our skulls from local butchers in Indonesia. So no animals are killed in order to create this home decor.“Most Balinese are Hindus, which means they are deeply religious people and truly respect every living being. Still they have to kill animals for food, however they didn’t want to waste any parts of the animal and they had the idea that something should also be done with the by-products. So they cleaned the bones and started to carve traditional and religious symbols and ornaments into them. We were blown away by the idea to use the bones to create unique and breath-taking animal skulls – simply pieces of artwork for eternity and we just loved their approach to give each animal their dignity back by transforming them into pieces of artwork which are nothing less than captivating.
“The process of cleaning the bones, preparing them for the carving procedure and adding the finishing touch to them (plus adding luscious black horns after everything else is done) is a process which takes around 1-2 weeks. The carving itself takes up to 3 full days where the craftsman carves numerous symbols and tribal ornaments into the bones. Usually their inspiration comes from their religious background like the Hindu god Ganesha or they carve other typically Asian symbols like dragons.”
So even though the changes in here are small, I’m quite happy with how the space is progressing! I’m sure there will be plenty more to come but in the meantime, what do you think of my new additions?
Disclaimer: I received my skull free in exchange for this review but as always, all opinions, words and images are my very own. I only partner with companies I really like and think you will too! Thanks for supporting the businesses that support Swoon Worthy.