Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

The 10 best doormats

Chosen by Alice-Azania Jarvis

1. Muddy Boots
The leaves are starting to turn, the temperature is dropping: it's walking season again. Remind ramblers to shed their wellies with Laura Ashley's Muddy Boots Mat. £20,
2. Birds And Floral Coir Rubber Backed Doormat
It may be getting cold outside but you can keep a touch of summer with Gifted Penguin's offering. The blossom print is pretty enough for any abode. £13.99,
3. Frog Prince Get youngsters to wipe their feet by laying out this fun mat from Beth Stevens. Children will love it: a cut-out frog prince with bright green detailing. £12,
4. Rose Potpourri Doormat
Almost too pretty to be trampled underfoot, Red Candy's Rose Potpourri Doormat could be hung on the walls as a tapestry. £23.50,
5. Vintage Leaf
Floral but still funky: You can count on the people at Not on the High Street to offer a bit of fun. The quirky website is full of goodies, including this unique mat. With retro multi-coloured leaf prints, it's guaranteed to brighten up even the darkest of hallways. £24,
6. Target Mat
Specialist Turtle Mat knows its stuff. This target-print design, made in the UK from recycled cotton and rubber, promises to trap 95 per cent of all wet mud, dust and dirt and comes with a five-year guarantee. An investment buy. £47.95,
7. Green Rubber Peacock
Doormats don't have to mean bristles. Shirk tradition with this ultra-modern rubber peacock-shaped one. Ideal for the kitchen door, it comes in a selection of colours and, best of all, it even wipes clean. £40,
8. Ambigram Doormat
Don't want guests? No problem. Turn it one way, and this wise-cracking SUCK doormat spells 'Welcome'. But rotate it 180 degrees and unwanted visitors will be instructed to 'Go Away.' We can't guarantee they actually will though. £25,
9. Chunky Boucle
One for the minimalists, this. Made from chunkily woven fibres in earth tones, it fuses practicality with design. £15,
10. Keep Calm And Come In
The Keep Calm phenomenon is taken to a whole new level with this cheerful bright-red Mollie and Fred number. It is perfect for lovers of nostalgia chic - simply team with Union Jack cushions and your royal wedding mug and you're away. Rule Britannia! £16.99,

Don’t let your guests walk all over you. Welcome them in style with one of these bright doormats.

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