I was lucky enough to escape last weekend's blistering heat at a lakeside cabin in Vermont that had floors covered in colorful braided rugs — a summer house staple. But the appeal of these heavy duty floor coverings doesn't need to stop in the country, their nostalgic simplicity could easily brighten an urban space as well. Traditionally braided rugs were handmade, and the commercially manufactured versions available today are still often produced at small, family owned companies throughout the East Coast. The braids are made from yarn or cloth and stitched into an oval. Braided rugs are easily found online at sites like justbraidedrugs.com and the red rug shown in the third image above is from Maine-based, L.L. Bean.