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Made in Maine: Rugged Baskets and Doormats Woven From Nautical Rope

It’s not easy to find distinctive regional products that aren’t kitschy. Take Maine, for instance, a state known for its beautiful coastline, seafaring tradition, and delicious lobster rolls—all of which seems to have translated in the retail world to a whole lot of whale-shaped cutting boards and lobster-themed tees.
The Rope Co.‘s durable, attractive wares—think baskets, key chains, and doormats—are prime examples of paying tribute to a place without being literal and hokey. Made from nautical rope traditionally used to haul lobster traps in and out of the water, the products (made in Maine) telescope New England tastefully—by prizing practicality, thriftiness, and simplicity in the designs. Have a look.
Above: The Rope Co. was founded in 2013 by a fifth-generation lobsterman. The rope used to make its products is mold- and mildew-resistant, making these indoor/outdoor baskets ideal for just about anything you throw its way, from a load of wet swimsuits to firewood. Two sizes of Nautical Rope Storage Bins—wide and tall—are available at Food52 for $74 and $68, respectively.
Above: The Rope Co.’s Nautical Rope Doormat is UV-protected to prevent fading. It comes in four sizes and six colorways; from $59 at Food52.
Above: The Rope Co. website offers a range of colors and patterns for the Nautical Rope Doormat, including this Fog Gray and Navy Stripe version; $83.
Above: The site also sells good-looking key chains and placemats—all made from the same rope that lobstermen use. A set of 4 Navy with Oak Stripe Placemats is $120 at The Rope Co.
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