Southwest themes come in many styles and so do southwest lamp shades. Whether you are just starting out with your southwest decor or have been a fan for years and want to spice up a room, a lamp shade is a good place to start. You can even upgrade an old lamp or buy a used one and work it over by putting a new lamp shade on it.
Rawhide lamp shades say Southwest like nothing else. The rawhide used on lampshades is not tanned, allowing the hide to keep its own unique character. Most have a laced edge using natural leather for superior quality. These lampshades are available in several natural colors and are dyed so also available in vivid colors; each one creating its own warm glow. Lampshades of rawhide can be purchased for table lamps, desk lamps, chandeliers and even floor lamps.
Lamp bases are as diverse as the lampshades. For a truly southwest look try one built out of real deer antlers. It makes for quite a dramatic look. Others bases include aspen logs, pottery, Indian drums and wrought iron. Place any one of these on a Zapata floor rug or tablecloth for an impressive statement.