No, they're not just for Texans anymore! Cowhides keep appearing as a decor theme in modern rooms. I think they give a bit of hominess to a look that could otherwise come off as cold. I personally love the look of animal hides, and have one of my own. Its positioned strategically half-under-half-out of my bed...unfortunately, the rest of my room isn't tidy enough to merit sharing a photo with you.
Photo credits,clockwise from top left: Destined to Design, Emmas DesignBlogg, At Home At Home, Destined to Design, Creative Flats