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Outdoor Rugs Buying Guide

There's no reason to ignore your feet when you're outside. Pretty outdoor rugs keep dirt and debris at bay and add color and texture to outdoor living areas.

Types of Outdoor Rugs

Types of Outdoor Rugs

We're beginning to embrace our outdoors as much as our indoors—and that includes creating rooms and coordinating truly decorated outdoor spaces. Luckily, the evolution of fabrics, finishings, and furnishings has made it possible to infuse our outdoor living, dining, and cooking spaces with as much color and style as our indoor ones. One product that has made big strides is outdoor rugs. Here's an overview to help you "ground" your outdoor rooms.

Doormat

These heavy-duty outdoor rugs are designed to lay in front of a door to scrape shoes and catch as much dirt and debris as possible. They are often a combination of decorative and functional.

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Ballard Designs

These Ballard favorites are welcome at every door. Designed with the look of iron scrollwork, they're actually made of virtually i...ndestructible molded rubber. Impervious to cold, heat, and water, they stay put when you're scraping your shoes and rinse clean with a hose. Imported. Sold as a set of 4. read more

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Durable, all-weather PVC and polyester are textured and looped in tonal bands of reds and neutrals. Equally at home indoors and ou...t, this oversized doormat is finished with vinyl backing.Chilewich® Red Runner Doormat. 24"Wx72"Dx0.25"H Pile: 85% PVC and 15% polyester Backing: 100% vinyl All weather Mold- and mildew-resistant Vacuum, shake or hose off with water to clean, hang dry Made in USA Overall DimensionsWidth: 24" Depth: 72" Height: 0.25" read more

Fleur de Lis

The textured, high/low Fleur-de-Lis weave acts as a scraper, removing dirt while it wicks away moisture, keeping indoor floors and... outdoor floors in covered areas cleaner and drier. Woven of washable, fade, mildew and stain-resistant polypropylene with durable rubber backing. For Personalized style, specify letter. Personalized Fleur-de-Lis Mat features: Lower profile for easy door clearance Made in the USA read more

Ballard Designs
$25.00-$59.00
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If you've ever strolled the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter, you'll recognize the inspiration for our Filigreed Doormat. De...signed with look of an ornately scrolled transom window, it's made of virtually indestructible rubber to be impervious to cold, heat and water. French Quarter Filigreed Doormat features: Coordinates with our French Quarter Filigreed Stair Treads Stays put when you scrape your shoes Rinses clean with a hose Imported read more

Area

Outdoor area rugs are most often medium-size, designed to sit in front of an outdoor sofa or other gathering space. They resemble indoor rugs in color and pattern, with the difference being that they are made from heavy-duty materials to withstand the elements.

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Jaipur Rugs
$66.00 $84.00
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About Jaipur Rugs One of the leading providers of hand-woven rugs from India, Jaipur Rugs opened their United States-based plant i...n Atlanta in 1998. Founded on the ideals of visionary N.K. Chaudhary, a rug maker with over 30 years' experience, Jaipur features a team of over 30 designers and 40,000 skilled rug makers, all of whom carry out the company's original dream of making high-quality, outstanding rugs based on ancient traditions. Jaipur makes flat-woven, hand-tufted, and hand-knotted rugs that incorporate cutting-edge technologies and designs, and real handspun fibers to bring you the ultimate in true Indian craftsmanship. read more

Dynamic Rugs
$349.99 $419.99
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The Piazza Waffle Red Indoor/Outdoor Rug is the answer to the new trend in outdoor home decor. These rugs offer a range of styles ...woven completely of synthetic, high-resistance yarns for real outdoor use. Now, your outdoor living space can be just as aesthetically pleasing as your indoor space. Our rugs are suitable not only for your sunroom, but they can also be used for decorating the entryway to your home or accessorizing any outdoor seating area or outdoor patio dining area. Sizes offered in this rug: Following are all sizes for this rug. Please note that some may be currently unavailable due to inventory. Also please note that rug sizes may vary by up to 4 inches in dimensions listed. Dimensions: 3.1 x 5.7 ft. 5.3 x 7.7 ft. 6.7 x 9.6 ft. 7.1 x 10.1 ft. 2.2 x 7.1 ft. 2.2 x 10.1 ft. read more

Dynamic Rugs
$349.99 $459.99
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The Piazza Mosaic Natural/Green Indoor/Outdoor Rug is the answer to the new trend in outdoor home decor. These rugs offer a range ...of styles woven completely of synthetic, high-resistance yarns for real outdoor use. Now, your outdoor living space can be just as aesthetically pleasing as your indoor space. Our rugs are suitable not only for your sunroom, but they can also be used for decorating the entryway to your home or accessorizing any outdoor seating area or outdoor patio dining area. Sizes offered in this rug: Following are all sizes for this rug. Please note that some may be currently unavailable due to inventory. Also please note that rug sizes may vary by up to 4 inches in dimensions listed. Dimensions: 3.1 x 5.7 ft. 5.3 x 7.7 ft. 6.7 x 9.6 ft. 7.1 x 10.1 ft. 2.2 x 7.1 ft. 2.2 x 10.1 ft. read more

Dynamic Rugs
$349.99 $419.99
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The Piazza Parisian Natural/Red Indoor/Outdoor Rug is the answer to the new trend in outdoor home decor. These rugs offer a range ...of styles woven completely of synthetic, high-resistance yarns for real outdoor use. Now, your outdoor living space can be just as aesthetically pleasing as your indoor space. Our rugs are suitable not only for your sunroom, but they can also be used for decorating the entryway to your home or accessorizing any outdoor seating area or outdoor patio dining area. Sizes offered in this rug: Following are all sizes for this rug. Please note that some may be currently unavailable due to inventory. Also please note that rug sizes may vary by up to 4 inches in dimensions listed. Dimensions: 3.1 x 5.7 ft. 5.3 x 7.7 ft. 6.7 x 9.6 ft. 7.1 x 10.1 ft. read more

Oversize

Oversize, extra-large outdoor rugs may cover an entire patio or deck. They are excellent when used to divide outdoor spaces into separate "rooms" devoted to different functions.

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Ballard Designs
$49.00-$589.00
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The hand-hooked diamond design will enliven your porch or indoor room. Best used in high-traffic areas, durable 100% polyacrylic r...esists stains, mildew and fading. Simply wash with mild soap and water. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Durante Indoor/Outdoor Rug features: Imported Sizes are approximate Soft underfoot read more

Ballard Designs
$29.00-$249.00
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The pattern reminds us of a tiled Mediterranean courtyard. Ideal for high-traffic, spill- prone areas like kitchens and mudrooms, ...it's loomed in a durable weave of UV protected, 100% polypropylene to resist fading, stains and mildew. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Geneve Indoor/Outdoor Rug features: Cleans easily with mild soap or rinse with a hose Sizes are approximate Imported read more

Ballard Designs
$75.00-$319.00
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The Mediterranean tile motif is hand tufted in graded shades of color to create a rich dimensional look. Made of 100% polypropylen...e to resist fading, stains and mildew. To clean, just wash with mild soap or rinse with a hose. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Ravello Indoor/Outdoor Rug features: Sizes are approximate Imported read more

Ballard Designs
$19.00-$229.00
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The graphic, chocolate script design was created from a vintage French bill of sale. Loomed in a soft sisal weave of UV protected,... 100% polypropylene to resist fading, stains and mildew. To clean, just wash with mild soap or rinse with a hose. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Antique Letter Rug features: Creates interesting contrast Sizes are approximate Imported from Belgium read more

Product Features

Product Features

Although the types—doormat, area, oversize—have remained the same, the options have increased for product features. No longer are homeowners looking for practical ways to clean dirty shoes limited to black rubberized doormats. Newer ones made of abrasive but pretty and textural coir may be a solution. Color and pattern have also taken turns for the better, as have weave and nonslip backing. This overview will help you know what to look for when you make your shopping decisions.

Material

Outdoor rugs were once mostly heavy-duty, manufactured items such as rubber and plastic. Newer protective technologies have made it possible for other materials—cotton blends and sisal, for example—to be used as outdoor rugs.

Color and Pattern

Love bold, tropical stripes in an indoor room? You can probably find an area rug for outside, too. Want a pattern that includes nature-inspired images? There's likely a doormat that will work. These days, there are plenty of options for color and pattern for outdoor rugs.

Weave

The weave of an outdoor rug will affect how it looks as well as how it feels. Open-weave type outdoor rugs may allow dirt and debris to pass through more easily.

Nonslip Backing

Regardless of the style and color of an outdoor rug, a nonslip backing will ensure the rug does not easily move. Some rugs may have integrated elements that help with this; others may need some sort of backing.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Pick the right type and the right product features, and your outdoor rug selections can last you for years—not only weathering rain, sun, and wind, but withstanding daily traffic from quiet evening dinners on the patio to graduations and parties on the porch. But specific purchase considerations will make an impact on both your enjoyment and your product's life span. Those include cleaning and storage. Here's help as you review outdoor rugs.

Cleaning

Even with advances in technology and fabric, outdoor rugs will get dirty—and will need to be cleaned. Make sure to thoroughly understand your rug's requirements; some may need little care beyond a hose and scrub brush, while others have more stringent cleaning demands.

Storage

For cooler-weather climates in particular, outdoor rugs may need to be stored indoors once mild seasons have passed. Make sure you have adequate space that's cool and dry.

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Ballard Designs
$19.00-$229.00
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Great for busy indoor areas or to add warmth to your covered outdoor living spaces. Machine loomed in a soft sisal weave of durabl...e, non-fading, washable 100% mildew resistant polypropylene. To clean, just wash with mild soap and water and rinse with a hose. Imported from Belgium. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. read more

Monterey Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$17.00-$195.00 $19.00-$229.00
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The airy medallion motif was inspired by a piece of antique fabric. Machine loomed in a soft sisal weave of 100% polypropylene con...struction. Resists fading and mildew. To clean this durable patio rug, just wash with mild soap and water and rinse with a hose. Imported from Belgium. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. read more

Navarre Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$49.00-$699.00
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Big canopy stripes in three of Suzanne Kasler's favorite, easy-care colors are hand tufted of soft, washable 100% poly-acrylic pil...e to resist fading and mildew. They coordinate perfectly with our sunbrella canvas solids and Suzanne Kasler's sunbrella stripes. To clean, just wash with mild soap and water or rinse with a hose. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. SK Wide Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug: Also great for busy indoor areas like the kitchen or mudroom Pet friendly Imported read more

Suzanne Kasler Wide Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$119.00-$849.00 $159.00-$899.00
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Pick your favorite color and border to create a fun, customized rug all your own. These special weather resistant rugs are loomed ...in a high/low weave of 100% olefin, giving them the look of sisal, but with a much softer hand. You choose the color and border style that's right for you. And because the borders are made of easy care or weatherproof Sunbrella® fabric, every St. Tropez Rug is stain, mildew, mold and fade resistant. To clean, just rinse with a hose. Made in the USA. Click thumbnails to see style names. read more

St. Tropez Indoor/Outdoor Rug - Sunbrella Solid Border
Ballard Designs
$14.00-$179.00 $19.00-$229.00
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Chevron stripes are everywhere we look, from the runway to the showroom. Machine loomed in a soft sisal weave of durable, non-fadi...ng, washable 100% mildew resistant polypropylene. To clean, just wash with mild soap or rinse with a hose. Use of a Rug Pad, is recommended. Chevron Stripe Rug features: Perfect for the kitchen or family room Great for warming up covered outdoor spaces Sizes are approximate Imported from Belgium read more

Chevron Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$14.00-$179.00 $19.00-$229.00
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If you want a little pattern and a lot of color, our Marina Indoor/Outdoor Rug is for you. Machine loomed in a soft, sisal weave o...f durable, washable 100% polypropylene to resist fading and mildew. To clean, just wash with mild soap and water or rinse with a hose. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Marina Indoor/Outdoor Rug features: Great for busy indoor areas like the kitchen and mudroom Pet friendly Imported from Belgium read more

Marina Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$24.99 $39.00
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Great for busy indoor areas or to add warmth to your covered outdoor living spaces. Machine loomed in a soft sisal weave of durabl...e, non-fading, washable 100% mildew resistant polypropylene. To clean, just wash with mild soap and water and rinse with a hose. Imported from Belgium. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. read more

Seagrove All-Weather Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Ballard Designs
$11.99-$29.99 $19.00-$49.00
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The Suzani floral pattern of the Sonora Indoor/Outdoor Rug was inspired by one of our favorite fabrics. Machine loomed in a soft, ...sisal weave of durable, washable, fade-resistant 100% polypropylene using three colors for great depth and detail. To clean, just wash with mild soap and water or rinse with a hose. See the entire pattern online. Use of a Rug Pad is recommended. Sonora Indoor/Outdoor Rug features: Great for busy indoor areas like the kitchen and mudroom Pet friendly Imported from Belgium read more

Sonora Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Crate & Barrel
$44.97 $59.95
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Tweedy, tonal neutrals offer the classic look of fiber for outdoor living spaces. Serged edges complete the look. UV-protected pol...ypropylene keeps its color and makes clean up as easy as a shot with the hose. Also great for high-traffic entryways and laundry rooms. Note: Some sizes of this rug are not available for day-of-purchase pickup at our Stores. A store associate can arrange a convenient pickup or delivery date.Grid Brown Indoor-Outdoor Rug. 3'x5' 100% polypropylene For indoor or outdoor use Rug pad recommended for indoor use Vacuum, shake or rinse with garden hose Provide air flow for proper drying Made in Belgium Overall DimensionsWidth: 36" Height: 60" read more

Grid Brown Indoor-Outdoor 3'x5' Rug
Crate & Barrel
$299.97 $449.00
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Tweedy, window-pane neutrals offer the classic look of fiber for outdoor living spaces. Serged edges complete the look. UV-protect...ed polypropylene keeps its color and makes clean up as easy as a shot with the hose. Also great for high-traffic entryways and laundry rooms. Note: Some sizes of this rug are not available for day-of-purchase pickup at our Stores. A store associate can arrange a convenient pickup or delivery date.Grid Grey Indoor-Outdoor Rug. 9'x12' 100% polypropylene For indoor or outdoor use Rug pad recommended for indoor use Vacuum, shake or rinse with garden hose Provide air flow for proper drying Made in Belgium Overall DimensionsWidth: 108" Height: 144" read more

Grid Grey Indoor-Outdoor 9x12' Rug
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