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Outdoor Rugs

If you’re looking to define your outdoor space or add decorative warmth to your patio or deck, an outdoor rug can help. Indoor-outdoor rugs provide a soft cushion for your feet and barrier against dirt and insects. They can also add a splash of color or texture to your outdoor oasis that mimics the vibrancy of exotic plants and flowers that may not grow in your area. Here are some handy tips to consider while you search for the perfect outdoor carpet:

What materials can I choose for my outdoor rugs?


When purchasing your indoor-outdoor carpet, it’s important to select materials that are durable and will hold up against the weather. Here are some of the more popular choices you can choose from:
• Natural fibers: Jute, sisal, seagrass and hemp are all wonderful choices for outdoor rugs. They tend to be sound-absorbent and strong, not to mention eco-friendly. Already brimming with texture, these materials are often woven, which will add wonderful visual interest to your outdoor living area.
• Synthetic materials: If you’re looking for a brightly colored outdoor rug that can easily be cleaned with a hose, then polypropylene, nylon, acrylic and polyester are the way to go. These materials are lightweight, dry quickly and usually more affordable than natural fiber indoor-outdoor rugs.
• Backing: While your outdoor carpet should look aesthetically pleasing, you’ll want to make sure it’s functional, too. While patio rugs with no backing are nice to have thanks to their reversible design, you should consider a style with backing if your outdoor rug will be in a high traffic or typically slippery area. Polypropylene and other synthetics tend to be a more durable, long-lasting and mildew-resistant choice than natural fibers.

What size should my outdoor carpet be?


To get a better idea of the size you need, carefully measure the length and width of your outdoor area. Don’t forget one of the purposes of your outdoor area rugs is to define your space. If you’re planning on sitting furniture on top of your outdoor rug, remember it’s more visually pleasing to have either all legs or just the front legs of your furniture resting on top.

What about indoor-outdoor rugs?


You don’t have to limit the use of outdoor rugs strictly to your outdoor spaces. The designs, patterns and textures of an indoor-outdoor carpet are so beautiful that you should be able to enjoy them not just on your patio, but in your living room as well. If you have young kids, pets or just a lot of foot traffic in the house, a rug designed to go outside may be the perfect solution. If your home is carpeted, the firm texture of outdoor rug material is a great remedy for a lack of wood flooring inside.

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Featured Reviews of Outdoor Rugs

Kaleen Belina Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5'x7'6"
Outdoor Rugs
October 29, 2016
Quality, elegant: The only downfall is that I didn't notice that it said, "navy," and the background looked chocolate brown in the photo. I was a bit surprised when I saw that it was blue, but it's pretty!
EmpirePatio Winchester Outdoor Patio Rug, Royal Blue, 8' L X 10' W
Outdoor Rugs
April 28, 2016
Gorgeous. Brightens up my porch: Have never purchased a rug online/without seeing in person but very glad I bought this one! The picture is exactly how it looks in person. A soft neutral gray with some blue undertones that immediately brightens up my screened in porch. Great product and impressed with the quality!
Byron Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 7'7"x10'10"
Outdoor Rugs
May 26, 2018
The PERFECT patio rug!!: The perfect patio rug!! The flat weave detailing is SO intricate and high quality. It has the perfect neutral tones but then the most gorgeous, bright blue woven throughout! Plus, I absolutely love purchasing from Orian Rugs! The shipping is extremely fast and their customer service is amazing! 5 stars all around!!
Natural Fibers Indoor/Outdoor Monogrammed Welcome Door Mat Rug, M, 3'x6'
Outdoor Rugs
December 6, 2017
Great Buy!: This was the most economical choice I could find when looking for a monogram mat for my double front doors. It looks great and really makes an impact. Not disappointed in the quality.
Nuloom Vintage Kellum Rug, Blue, 2'8"x7'11"
Outdoor Rugs
August 18, 2017
Love the colors: The design of this rug fit perfectly our decor. The colors are true to the website. It is soft underfoot and with a half inch pad underneath it feels better than carpet. Durability is yet to be determined, but we have no reason to doubt that it will hold up to 2 kids. Great buy!
Caribbean Indoor/Outdoor Recycled Plastic Area Rug, Cancun Blue, 5'x8'
Outdoor Rugs
May 19, 2017
Beautiful: Exceeded my expectations. Love the colors & that it is eco friendly with recycled plastic. It was priced as one of the cheapest for a 6x9 and it looks beautiful in my space. It doesn't feel like a typical rug because it's plastic, but it feels fine against bare feet. It is reversible so if it fades, I can just flip it over. The best thing about it is that it's super easy to clean compared w/ a fabric rug. Leaves and other things that get blown onto it are easily removed with a broom.
Isla Medallion Area Rug, Multi, 5'3"x7'7"
Outdoor Rugs
March 21, 2017
vibrant, eye-catching rug: rug came size as advertised, the colors are pretty true to the picture. only downside is that it's a bit less plush than i would have hoped (it *is* synthetic fibers after all). it feels synthetic, but that's just me being picky. i'd order it again in a heartbeat though.
Iris Fading Oriental Medallion Area Rugs, Aqua, 7'10"x11'
Outdoor Rugs
April 21, 2018
Happy: I am thrilled with this purchase. It looks fantastic with vintage dining room table but now my chairs need to be re-covered, ha! My dog decided to curl up as I was taking this photo.
Ruggable Washable Indoor/Outdoor Noor Ruby Rug Set, 3'x5'
Outdoor Rugs
October 29, 2018
Great idea!: I love the idea and how it works. The color and texture is a little shinier than I would have liked. However, the concept is so great I will keep it forever. I hope they come out with new styles
Baja Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Tan, 7'9"x10'10"
Outdoor Rugs
August 24, 2018
Beautiful area rug!: This area rug is beautiful! It’s truly a bright ivory. The pattern is so pretty and it’s soft. I ordered it one day and it arrived the very next day!! Very pleased with this purchase!!!

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