Spotted at Summer House, my local housewares shop in Mill Valley: doormats made from recycled fire hoses. Unexpectedly appealing and indisputably durable ("think what they've been through," says their maker, the Oxgut Hose Company), the mats range in price from $165 for a 2-by-3-foot size and go up to $250 for the 3-by-4-foot size. Go to Oxgut Hose Company for more information.
Above: A Black Trim w/1 Color Fire Hose Mat edged in heavy-duty black Polypropylene webbing trim. Emeryville, CA-based Oxgut sources decommissioned hoses from U.S. Fire Departments.
Above: A stack of fire hoses waiting to be made into mats.
Above: An Orange Trim with One Color Fire Hose doormat.
Above: Strips of hoses, ready to be woven into mats.
We've found great doormats at all price ranges. See 10 Easy Pieces: Durable Doormats and The Humble Doormat, Made Modern. Like the idea of striped doormats made from recycled lobster float rope? Check out Outdoors: Custom Cordage Door Mats.