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What are the Best Outdoor Rugs? Advice from the Experts

In this article, we are going to explore the best rugs for you to use in your outdoor space.

We'll talk about the materials used, both natural and synthetic, as well as where to place your item once you have purchased it, what colours are popular at the moment and what you should consider before purchasing an outdoor rug.

Which Materials Are Best for Outdoor Rugs?

The most popular and, arguably, the best outdoor rugs are made of polypropylene. This is a weather-resistant material with UV and stain-resistant qualities; it won't fade, and the odd spilled drink won't cause problems, either. Mass production makes them more economical than other outdoor rug materials.

One thing to be aware of, however, is that polypropylene is not as environentally friendly as natural materials such as sisal or jute. So if you are looking to be more environmentally consious with your purchase then a natural material is the way to go. These materials, however, are not as comfortable and may cost more.

Let's take a look at some more common materials of outdoor rugs, and explore the benefits of each.

Synthetic materials


  • Durable

  • UV-resistant

  • Mildew and water-resistant

  • Lightweight

  • Affordable

  • Low maintenance

  • Versatile

Where should you place your polypropylene outdoor rug?

Because of their durable and versatile nature, polypropylene rugs are suitable for several settings around a garden. Their warm, comfortable surfaces create idyllic lounging areas, whether on your patio, porch or balcony.

You can also use a polypropylene outdoor rug around your pool or hot tub, as it's one of the best outdoor rugs for a safe landing when you hop out of the water.

An image showing an outdoor seating area with an outdoor rug and some soft seating. The outdoor area is on wooden decking and a large white wall surrounds the back of the space.

Heat-set Polypropylene & Polyester Mix

  • Durable

  • Soft

  • Colourfast

  • Affordable

  • Lightweight

  • Low maintenance

  • Mildew and stain-resistant

  • Versatile

Where should you place your heat-set polypropylene/polyester outdoor rug?

Position your heat-set polypropylene/polyester outdoor rug in an indoor-outdoor area, like on your patio or deck, where it will be protected from direct sunlight or rain. These outdoor rugs are durable and perfect for high-traffic zones - but watch out for slipping if they don't have non-slip backings.

Natural fibres

Natural Jute

  • Eco-friendly

  • Textured

  • Breathable

  • Naturally coloured

  • Low maintenance

  • Versatile

  • Soft underfoot

Where should you place your natural jute outdoor rug?

A natural jute rug is commonly used as an indoor rug but is suitable for sheltered outside spaces such as screened porches or patios. Jute rugs are made from natural materials and are known for their warm, neutral colours. Jute rugs are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and add an organic touch and cosiness to any covered outside space.

100% Wool

  • Durable

  • Warm

  • Soft underfoot

  • Naturally coloured

  • Biodegradable

  • Hypoallergenic

  • High quality

  • Versatile

Where should you place your 100% wool outdoor rug?

We recommend putting your 100% wool outdoor rug in a gazebo, porch, or patio with no direct exposure to the elements. A 100% wool outdoor rug needs protection from excessive moisture and sunlight, so it's great to use as a decorative feature to enhance the presence of an elegant indoor-outdoor table or living room suite.

What Colours Are Outdoor Rugs Available In?

At Land of Rugs, you'll find all sorts of outdoor rug sizes, shapes, colours, and patterns. The patterns range from natural to stripe and even floral. There are also deco, diamond, heritage, and many other elite designs for those wanting a choice of stylish outdoor rugs.

The right colours help to create an ambience in your indoor-outdoor space, and a statement outdoor rug can become the talk of any get-together. Choosing an appropriate colour will complement your furnishings, creating an incredible look for outdoor spaces or indoor-outdoor areas.

Land of Rugs offers an extensive range of colours perfect for indoor-outdoor rugs and some of the best outdoor rugs you will find. These are:

  • Beige

  • Black

  • Blue/Teal

  • Cream/White

  • Green

  • Grey/Silver

  • Orange/Terracotta

  • Pink

  • Purple

  • Red

  • Yellow/Gold

  • Multicolour

What Should You Consider Before Buying an Outdoor Rug?

When choosing the best outdoor rugs for your specific needs, consider whether the rug will serve an indoor-outdoor function. It might be needed as a pure garden rug for poolside use or to cater to heavy foot traffic where it's placed.

Think about the following before purchasing an outdoor rug:

Rug size and shape

The best outdoor rug sizes and shapes will depend on the outdoor area layout and the floor size you want to cover. Much depends on whether it is a decorative appeal or purely functional role you're looking for from your indoor-outdoor rug.

For example, a round outdoor rug would be perfect under a coffee table, while a square or rectangular rug runs perfectly in front of a display area.

Choosing a rug that complements your decor

With so many sizes, shapes and colours available at Land of Rugs, there should be no problem finding one that complements your decor. Bear in mind that the material of the rug is also important when fitting in with the style of your exterior.

An indoor-outdoor rug in a farm-style setting, for example, would best make use of natural fibres in line with its rustic appeal. Should your patio or deck be more contemporary, you might consider intermingling your patterns and colours to modernise your setting somewhat. In high-traffic areas, consider a rug that will hide any accidental spills or stains.


Purely outdoor rugs should resist stains and fading from constant exposure to the elements. Synthetic materials are the go-to choice for outdoor rugs because of their easy upkeep and ability to hold up in all weather conditions.

An indoor-outdoor rug is often more luxurious, so 100% wool or sheepskin helps create an ambience for an indoor-outdoor area. An outdoor rug should last between two and three years. You should definitely consider replacing it at the beginning of year four. Rotating rugs can also extend their lifespans.

Is it easy to clean?

You can generally clean a rug designed for your exterior easily. Most are made from durable materials like polypropylene that withstand exposure and heavy foot traffic. This means you can clean it by running a garden hose over it and using mild soap and a soft-bristled brush.

You could even use a pressure washer to remove any stubborn stains. You should let the rug dry properly before you use it again, but this shouldn't take long. It's best to leave them out in the sun to dry, although most outdoor materials are mildew-resistant. Check the manufacturer's specifications before using a washing machine to wash your indoor-outdoor rugs.


What type of outdoor rug is the most durable?

Polypropylene outdoor rugs are the most durable because they're moisture, mildew, and mould-resistant. They're also UV-resistant to prevent fading from direct sunlight.

Can you leave outdoor rugs in the rain?

Outdoor rugs are often made from polypropylene and polysilk. These synthetic materials are water-resistant and designed for outdoor use. Rain won't loosen these outdoor rug fibres, and their bindings won't be worn away through constant dampness.

We would advise against leaving rugs made from any natural materials, including wool, sisal, jute and bamboo outside as this could cause premature aging and damage to the rug itself.

How long do outdoor patio rugs last?

Outdoor rugs start to show signs of wear and tear after a couple of years. You'll likely need to replace an outdoor rug after three years and an indoor-outdoor rug within a year or two after that. Some people rotate outdoor rugs to prolong their lives, giving them a break from constant exposure to the elements.

Can I leave my outdoor rug outside all winter?

Outdoor rugs made from synthetic materials like polypropylene can, generally, be left outside all winter. We would advise against leaving natural-fibre rugs outside all winter as this could cause premature damage.

Are outdoor rugs hard to maintain?

Compared to indoor rugs, they're quite easy to maintain as they're normally made of durable materials that resist fading, staining and mildew. You should still maintain your rugs to keep them looking their best. This means sweeping them regularly, washing them periodically, and storing them in a dry spot during the winter.

Do outdoor rugs fade in the sun?

To help prevent fading, choose a rug that is labelled UV or fade-resistant. Rugs not designed to be exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods will fade, so try to place them in partially shaded areas where possible.

Final Thoughts

Outdoor rugs can truly define your outdoor areas. They may be positioned for safety alongside swimming pools, next to a hot tub, or used to keep dust and debris at bay in a patio or gazebo.

Whatever the case, an outdoor rug in an open entertainment area or an indoor-outdoor rug in an enclosed or semi-enclosed area can add value and ambience to the area itself. Visit Land of Rugs for your outdoor rug solutions - we'll assist with the materials, colours, patterns, and shapes to suit your rug requirements.

  • Posted On: 17 February 2023

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