Leather floors can be traced back to the 16th century. They can be sculptured or embossed to look like Alligator, Lizard, Hippo or Elephant or many other designs. You are only limited by your imagination.
Cowhide leather used to make tiles is 3/16 to ¾ inches thick. It is bonded to ½ to ¾ inch Birch plywood tiles. Each tile is grooved on all four sides for easy installation. Foam sheeting is laid down first as a vapor barrier. The room is measured and the tiles are custom sized to fit each room. It is done this way to prevent wastage.
Leather tiles will last 20 to 30 years if properly maintained. All you need to do is sweep or dry dust and wipe up spills immediately. It is also recommended that they be waxed occasionally. Leather floors used in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens need to be sealed with an acrylic sealer.
Each tile will be unique. Through the years, the steer could have rubbed against barbed wire, injured by other steers etc.
Leather tiles have a seductive aroma and very soft to the touch. You will never walk on anything as sensual as a leather floor. They are sound proof and insulating, therefore, excellent to install in bedrooms, libraries, and media rooms. Some people install it like an area rug with wood flooring or carpet.
A talented handyman could install leather tiles as it is similar to installing laminated flooring. It is recommended, although, to have it installed professionally because of the cost of the tile.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, leather tiles would qualify but if you prefer tiles that are uniform you could pick any of the tiles on the market today that suit your purpose.