I love the design of Persian rugs (especially one-of-a-kind pieces) but I'm not normally attracted to the red tones that are so often used in them. So, when I stumbled across the Pottery Barn Maren Rug ($149-$819), I was instantly won over by its porcelain blue and warm neutral palette, enhanced by its large floral and Persian border design. Yes, as with many Pottery Barn products, it's traditional, but there ain't nothin' wrong with that. I'd have a lot of fun mixing this rug up with some more modern pieces, like maybe an "industrial steel cabinet and a midcentury tufted sofa. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it's a steal!?
How about taking your mouse on a magic carpet ride with this new miniature Persian style mouse rug? This tiny traditional style rug has been combined with high-tech fiber coating to create a unique and functional mouse pad. Hopefully the fiber coating will prevent carpet burn for my sensitive optical mouse. The mouse rugs are available in a variety of designs including Museum, Persian, Native American, Gregorian, Designer, and Woolrich collections. Each rug was created through digital scans of original hand woven rugs, so it's sorta the real deal - just a mini me version, naturally. Available for about $19 from this online Japanese outlet. Too geeky or kinda cool?