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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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Frontgate
$129.00 $103.00

Greet guests with our distinctive Irongates Half-round Mat, featuring elegant scrollwork and a nonfading color palette. Handsomely... hand-hooked from durable, UV-treated polyester/acrylic thats fade resistant and stands up to the toughest outdoor... read more

NOTRAX
$144.99

The NoTrax Wayfarer Entrance Mat is a vinyl-loop outdoor mat with a color-coordinated solid sheet vinyl back. The vinyl-loop desig...n removes dirt and moisture from shoes and securely traps them beneath the mat's surface. Wayfarer is specially designed... read more

NOTRAX
$99.99

The NoTrax Portrait Entrance Mat is part of the AquaTRU series of entrance mats that offer truer size options for a better value. ...Intended for use in medium to heavy traffic areas, the stylish nondirectional parquet design of Portrait aggressively... read more

Mohawk Rug & Textiles
$36.00 $23.99

1'6" x 2'6" price shown. Welcome your guests to Palm Paradise, or simply to your front door, with this stylish and environmentally... friendly doormat. Made of recycled rubber, this .25" thick welcome mat has a polyester heat-transferred design with two... 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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nuLOOM
$416.25

At nuLOOM we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to push boundaries and b...reak the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and creations infuse our expertise in producing high quality floor coverings with our passion for nature’s wonders and art. read more

nuLOOM
$207.87

At nuLOOM we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to push boundaries and b...reak the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and creations infuse our expertise in producing high quality floor coverings with our passion for nature’s wonders and art. read more

nuLOOM
$242.19

At nuLOOM we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to push boundaries and b...reak the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and creations infuse our expertise in producing high quality floor coverings with our passion for nature’s wonders and art. read more

Momeni Inc.
$449.99

Find Rugs, Mats And Grips at Target.com! A Fretwork, Indoor/Outdoor Rug strikes the perfect balance of pretty and practical. Boast...ing an on-point pattern and a contemporary navy finish, this stunning area rug will effortlessly transform your living... 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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Safavieh
$52.99 $45.31

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$319.99 $273.59

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$98.99 $84.64

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$54.99 $47.02

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... 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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Safavieh
$52.99 $45.31

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$319.99 $273.59

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$98.99 $84.64

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$54.99 $47.02

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$54.99 $47.02

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$54.99 $47.02

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$79.99 $68.39

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$79.99 $68.39

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$98.99 $84.64

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

Safavieh
$79.99 $68.39

Safavieh's Courtyard collection was created for today's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. These beautiful but practical rugs take outdoor ...decorating to the next level with new designs in fashion-forward colors, and patterns from classic to contemporary. Made... read more

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