Not to be confused with the lovable British claymation dog, Gromit, in the world of interiors a grommet has two meanings. First, it refers to metal or plastic ring used to reinforce a hole in a textile. It can be purely decorative as embellishment or, more often, its also serves the important function of protecting wear and tear on the fabric or leather. The term grommet also refers to a device, usually made primarily of plastic, that fits into an opening on a table- or counter-top, allowing electrical and data cords to pass through smoothly. Some grommets, often called pop-ups, actually contain electrical or data plugs themselves.