Best Outdoor Rug Materials

RS089 from Home and Garden by Nourison

Bringing the inside outdoors is a popular design trend that’s definitely here to stay. Making an outdoor space like a porch, patio or deck an extension of the home is a great way to utilize these areas for more than a backyard holiday barbeque. Outdoor rugs instantly anchor an outside space, adding warmth, style and texture.

Unlike indoor rugs which cannot do double duty, outdoor rugs can. This fact makes an outdoor rug even more appealing especially when you factor in its budget-friendly price tag. Since outdoor rugs have become a home decor staple there’s an abundance of design options to give an outdoor space a distinctive look. As the weather slowly begins to warm up and thoughts drift to enjoying outside time, finding the ideal outdoor rug to define a patio, deck or porch creeps to the top of the to-do list. Before you start your search, check out the six best outdoor rug materials that deliver on both style and function.


IE-02 from Isle by Loloi

Polypropylene is a popular synthetic rug material that is a perfect fit for the great outdoors. Resistant to UV rays, a polypropylene outdoor rug will not fade under the glare of the hot sun. The material is also stain-resistant and relatively low maintenance so you can feel comfortable putting a polypropylene rug underneath a backyard dining set.

Polypropylene sports an affordable price tag as well. With an abundance of fashion-forward options, polypropylene makes for an excellent outdoor rug that can be savored season after season.


896N from Montego by Oriental Weavers

Another synthetic rug material, olefin will not back down when faced with BBQ messes and drippy ice pops. Stains are a snap to clean and olefin rugs are both lightweight and fade-resistant. Olefin is also mildew-resistant, which is a major plus for an outdoor rug because it will definitely be exposed to the elements.

Unlike some rug materials, olefin has a soft touch which will certainly feel inviting to bare feet on a warm summer afternoon. If you love accent rugs that hold their vibrant color, then an outdoor olefin rug will most certainly brighten up your outside space.


RS089 from Home and Garden by Nourison

If you’re in the market for a durable outdoor rug that can handle anything Mother Nature dishes out, think polyester. Polyester is another simple-to-clean, lightweight outdoor rug material that makes any porch, patio or pool look vogue.

Like other synthetic rug materials, polyester repels stains and typically boasts an affordable price tag. When it comes to high traffic areas, polyester rugs do tend to show wear and tear a bit faster than other synthetic rug materials so keep that in mind if there are pets and kiddos in the mix.


Distressed Tribal Lavonna from Giza by NuLoom

Nylon is one of the pricier synthetic rug fibers because it’s more costly to manufacture. It’s a top choice in high traffic areas because it handles wear and tear well. This is an asset in a outdoor rug which sees a great deal of seasonal action and more if you live in an area with a year-round mild climate.

While nylon rates high with foot traffic, the fiber does tend to absorb stains, unlike other synthetic fibers which repel them. A stain treatment prior to putting the nylon rug outside can help keep stains and spills from being soaked up. Nylon’s durability makes the fiber a very attractive outdoor rug option as does the wide array of fun, colorful choices.


NF474A from Natural Fibers 400 by Safavieh

A direct contrast to synthetic fibers is the all-natural, environmentally friendly outdoor rug materials. If you want to go green for your outdoor rug, jute is a natural choice that instantly adds texture to an outdoor space.

Since jute comes from plants, a jute rug definitely provides a patio, porch or deck with a rugged feel. Keep in mind, jute, while a durable fiber, doesn’t do well in very humid climates. Jute is one of the softer natural fibers and is a good fit for a covered porch or patio.


NF131A from Natural Fiber Sisal .25 by Safavieh

Of all the natural rug fibers, sisal is the most durable. Sisal rugs hold up extremely well to high traffic areas like decks and patios. Unlike synthetic rug fibers, sisal has a rough feel so it may not be too welcoming for bare feet coming out of the pool or sprinkler.

Natural fibers like jute and sisal are a budget-friendly and green pick for an outdoor rug. Just remember unlike synthetic outdoor rugs like polypropylene, nylon, and polyester, natural rug fibers do not stand up well against prolonged exposure to moisture and are not mold and mildew resistant.

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