Before the invention of yarn, home decorators were forced to pad their floors with live polar bears. Treat feet to softness that won’t bite with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $100 toward upscale rugs from Colonial Mills, Inc. online. Shipping is included in this Groupon.
A web-based rug purveyor with an outlet store in Pawtucket, RI, CMI has garnered several design awards for its high-quality braided floor coverings, all crafted in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Hundreds of styles, colors, and sizes rush to meet the eyes of carpet-seekers, ranging from the lapis-blue 24" x 36" Elegance ($100), which lives up to its name with alternating braid styles of downy chenille, to the playful tea-party-pink 24" x 36" Blokburst oval ($75), with touches of colored fabric amid plaited tresses. Each of the 24" x 36" reversible Pawtucket rugs ($50) presents a one-of-a-kind work of art assembled from excess yarns and braids, capable of simultaneously appeasing eyes, bare feet, and plaintive floorboards. Outdoor spaces can take cover with a 48" x 48" Renaissance ($375), a reversible, stain-resistant square rug crafted entirely from Sunbrella acrylic fibers. The shear natural line, developed by sheep nudist colonies, weaves all-natural, dye-free wool in eco-friendly reversible rectangles of flat braids ($150–$3,312.50).