Vibrant, intricately patterned rugs cling to nearly every inch of the two-story walls inside Ahmady's Persian Rugs, towering above a glossy show room dappled with stacks of their folded and flattened brethren. Founded in Iran in the 19th century, the store harks back to its historic roots with a bevy of antique rugs crafted from such materials as hand-spun wool or silk and natural dyes. The third-generation family staff specializes in rare Persian and Oriental rugs, which they import directly alongside European varieties, antique reproductions, and contemporary designs. Ahmady's also offers a 100% trade-in policy, which guarantees that if customers change their minds, update their decor, or cease their feuds with the color taupe, they can swap their rug for another in the store's inventory.
Tatermash Oilcloth peddles a diverse inventory of bags, mats, aprons, and tablecloths made from innovative oilcloth fabric—a printed vinyl material that's resistant to stains, peeling, and cracking. Students can saunter into school with an oilcloth backpack concealing stashed tickets from crossing guards ($40) or stake their claim to a coveted lunch with a lunch sack ($16), which can be embroidered for an additional charge. Small ($24) and large tote bags ($32) replace plastic grocery carriers, and oilcloth aprons in adult ($25) and child sizes ($22) shield bodies from bubbling sauces.
Daley’s sells rustically elegant furniture, clothing, home accessories, and jewelry for the urban cowgirl seeking a splash of rural sophistication. Set up a romantic, candlelit dinner with a loved one or recently rediscovered set of car keys with a half-dozen candles ($15+) set in iron candleholders ($12+). Lamps ($95+), picture frames ($20+), and books ($8+) boast the textured browns and muted bold colors of modern rustic design. Sofas can be custom ordered and, like Frankenstein, pieced together from the finest leather and cowhide to create a monstrously chic creation or adopted fully formed from The Jeff Zimmerman Collection ($1,600+). Once domiciles are decked out, visitors can adorn themselves with jewelry from Sweet Bird Studio, selections of Double D clothing, or a classy pair of Old Gringo boots ($440+) available in a variety of bucolic flavors.