OK...I'm sure this is an EASY one for the designers here...

Most of the sites I've built have used fairly simple gradient backgrounds, with small sliced images to reduce load time.

Now, I've found some great textures in the .pat format (Photoshop patterns) that I'd like to use. My problem is they're quite large and I'm still learning my way around Photoshop (still using Fireworks primarily).

These patterns are 740x740 (and larger)...but even if I compress them heavily...they're still around 100-300kb. Any suggestions?

Here's a link to the images: http://webtreatsetc.deviantart.com/art/Retro-Grunge-Wallpaper-Pattens-125020804