Best Outdoor Rug Ideas of 2023: Reviewed

Written by: Nicole Cullum

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What Makes A Really Good Outdoor Rug?


Welcome to our ultimate guide to the "35 Best Outdoor Rug Ideas of 2023: Reviewed." Whether you're looking to revamp your patio, deck, balcony, or garden, choosing the right outdoor rug can transform your outdoor lounge area into a chic and stylish oasis.


We've curated the most stylish and functional outdoor rug options available, helping you elevate your outdoor space into a stunning retreat. There is something for everyone, from traditional to farmhouse to modern to minimal. We’ve sifted through hundreds of rugs to find you the best of the best outdoor rugs of 2023. 


Need help figuring out the correct rug size for your space? Check out our ultimate rug size guide in our previous post, “Easy Outdoor Rug Size Guide with Infographics” for a quick and simple guide to selecting the perfect rug for your space.


Once you have your rug, pair it with stylish outdoor furniture. We've made it easy with our top picks for outdoor furniture sets in our post, “10 Best Outdoor Furniture Set Ideas of 2023.”


Finish the look with designer-chic outdoor decor from our giant list of gorgeous, weather-ready decor in our post, “75 Best Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas of 2023.

Best Outdoor Rugs of 2023
Color Caravan

What Makes A Really Good Outdoor Rug?

When it comes to the best outdoor rugs you want not only a rug that has great style, but one that will stand up to heavy foot traffic, heat and cold, and rain and sun exposure.


There are typically five main materials specially rated for use in outdoor rugs and textiles that can withstand the elements. Each material has different strengths and usages to best suite your climate, foot traffic, and design. We'll briefly dive into each material so you can make an informed decision when choosing your outdoor rug. For more in-depth information on how to measure for outdoor rugs, materials and best uses, check out our post on “Easy Outdoor Rug Size Guide” for a fast and easy tutorial on all things outdoor rugs.

What Are The Different Types of Outdoor Rugs?

One of the most popular materials used in outdoor rugs is polypropylene. This synthetic material can stand up to heavy UV rays without fading, is easy to clean, and extremely stain-resistant. It can handle humid climates with high moisture and withstand heavy foot traffic. Polypropylene has the same feel as a natural fiber and is comfortable under foot. It is durable and strong, but highly flammable so be sure to keep it away from fire pits, grills, or candles.
 

An alternative to polypropylene is polyester, which is another extremely popular outdoor rug material. Polyester shines in dry climate areas and is excellent at maintaining color-fastness and resisting fading from sun exposure. Polyester is referred to as “ignition resistant” which means it is not considered highly flammable, but once ignited, it will melt and can cause localized burns if touched. Polyester is great at handling most stains and easy to clean. Oil-based stains can be tough to get out so they are not recommended for kitchen or dining areas with heavy use.


Outdoor rugs made of nylon are a wonderful option for high-traffic areas. Although fade-resistant, nylon should not be placed in direct sunlight as the fibers can absorb heat and become hot to the touch. Nylon outdoors are easy to clean, stain-resistant, and best for covered areas like balconies, or covered decks and patios.


Acrylic rugs are excellent options for humid climates. They are mildew and mold resistant, and release moisture faster than polyester to dry quickly. Acrylic rugs are generally considered water-repellant and are great around pool or wet areas.  Due to their tight weave and low pile, acrylic rugs are “ignition resistant” like polyester and nylon rugs.


Last, natural fiber rugs like jute and sisal are a trendy, stylish option that feel wonderful underfoot. Due to their organic fibers, jute and sisal can be challenging to clean, are susceptible to mold and mildew if exposed to moisture, and can fade if under heavy direct sunlight. These natural fibers are best under covered patios and balconies, or dryer climates.

35 Best Outdoor Rugs of 2023

Sonali Indoor / Outdoor Rug 


High on style, this hand-loomed indoor/outoor rug is made from 100% polypropylene and PET for a durable, easy to clean outdoor rug option that has the textural feel of natural jute.



Sonali Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Mies Indoor/ Outdoor Rug 


Add a bohemian dhurrie-style to your outdoor lounge area. Made from 100% recycled polyester and polypropylene, the Mies indoor/outdoor rug is durable and weather-resistant.



Mies Indoor/ Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Paver Grey Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug

 

Get two looks for the price of one with the reversable Paver Grey Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Extremely durable, scrubbable, bleachable, lightweight, and UV-treated for fade resistance, this PVC rug is 100% recyclable and can withstand heavy foot traffic. 


Paver Grey Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Annie Selke

Gionni Beige Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Classic style with minimal fuss, he Gionni Indoor/Outdoor Rug is stain resistant, water resistant, and safe for heated floors and high traffic areas.

 



Gionni Beige Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Wayfair

Viviane Outdoor Rug


Timeless Turkish design is blended seamlessly with modern materials made to withstand stains and heavy foot traffic. Woven 100% polypropylene will resist fading in the sun, but it is recommended to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals to maintain color-fastness.

 



Viviane Outdoor Rug
Pottery Barn

SHAILA OUTDOOR RUG


Hand-loomed from solution dyed acrylic the Shaila Outdoor Rug is water-resistant, and dries quickly if exposed to humid climates. The simple stripe offers a beautiful background to your outdoor lounge area.


SHAILA OUTDOOR RUG
Restoration Hardware

Custom Woven Plaid Boucle Outdoor Rug

 

Create a custom rug without the fuss! Choose your specific length and width for a custom fit to your outdoor space. The Woven Plaid Boucle Outdoor Rug  features a classic windowpane design and is available in navy, beige, and gray.


Custom Woven Plaid Boucle Outdoor Rug
Pottery Barn

St. Martin Perennials Rug


This elegant reversable rug is made from a special liquid acrylic technique that gives it lasting durability, water-resistance, and ultra soft texture while being easy to clean, and fade-resistant.



St. Martin Perennials Rug
Serena & Lily

Joey Handwoven Outdoor Rug


Modern design mixed with classic patterns the Joey Handwoven Outdoor Rug is made from 100% polypropylene to withstand high-traffic and stains. 

 



Joey Handwoven Outdoor Rug
Restoration Hardware

Simi Indoor / Outdoor Rug


Easy to clean with minimal maintenance, the Simi Indoor/Outdoor Rug  is made from 100% recycled polyester, doesn't shed, and is made from a handwoven design with zero-pile for a flatter lay and high durability.



 



Simi Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Eisha Outdoor Rug 


Simple stripes paired with solution-dyed acrylic makes the Eisha Outdoor rug weather and water resistant, easy to clean, and great for high-traffic areas.


Eisha Outdoor Rug
Restoration Hardware

Gray Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Contemporary design made from machine woven 100% polypropylene hides heavy foot traffic while being easy to clean and fade-resistant.

 



Gray Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Wayfair

Piran Indoor / Outdoor Rug


Beautiful texture and raised geometric design make the Piran Indoor/Outdoor Rug an elegant, modern option for your outdoor lounge areas. Durable, easy to clean, and fade resistant for long-term use.


Piran Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Indio Rug


This hand-knotted rug offers soft textures for a refined, neutral design. Made from polypropylene and PET this rug is easy to clean with minimal maintenance and holds up well in high traffic areas.

 



Indio Rug
Serena & Lily

Delphina Handwoven Outdoor Performance Rug


Woven from 100% recycled polyester sourced from single-use plastic bottles this self-binding rug resists curling and stands up to high-traffic areas, pets, and children.

 



Delphina Handwoven Outdoor Performance Rug
Pottery Barn

Vinales Diamond Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Beige/Orange


Modern materials mixed with Moroccan design add a pop of color and interest to your outdoor seating areas. Made from 100% polypropylene the Vinales Diamond Stripe Rug has a short pile, water resistant, and stands up to high traffic.



Vinales Diamond Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Beige/Orange
Pottery Barn

Talay Striped Outdoor Performance Rug


This classi striped rug is weather-resistant with a soft textural touch. Power-loomed in Turkey this outdoor rug is made from 100% polypropylene for easy cleaning, and UV stabilized to resist fading.


 



Talay Striped Outdoor Performance Rug
Pottery Barn

Rosalia Indoor / Outdoor Rug


Simple yet intricate, this classic geometric pattern is made from 100% Polypropylene for easy care, minimal shedding, and high traffic resistance.

 



Rosalia Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

River Handmade Flatweave Indoor/Outdoor Rug


This beautiful handmade flatweave has an intricate, geometric design for a bohemian, travelled feel. Made from recycled PET, this indoor/outdoor rug is stain resistant and can gracefully withstand high-traffic use.



River Handmade Flatweave Recycled P.E.T. Black/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Restoration Hardware

Sheila Indoor / Outdoor Rug


Beautiful texture and heathered stripes look amazing and feel soft underfoot while holding up to heavy traffic and stains.



Sheila Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Wayfair

Journey Blue Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Classic tweed makes a timeless fashion statement in the Journey Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor rug made from 10% polypropylene for minimal maintenance and heavy use.



Journey Blue Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Restoration Hardware

Shasta Rug


Classic and elegant, the Shasta rug features a beautiful and versatile geometric design made from recycled polyester fibers. Rotate this rug every 3-6 months to prevent fading and excessive wear. Best for covered patios and balconies.


Shasta Rug
Serena & Lily

Daley Handwoven Striped Outdoor Performance Rug


The classic stripe has been reinvented to a contemporary design that is UV stabilized for fade resistance, stain-causing bacteria and mildew. 


Daley Handwoven Striped Outdoor Performance Rug
Pottery Barn

Nourison Essentials Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Soft texture and a bold border are a perfect frame for your outdoor seating. Made from 100% polypropylene, this timeless rug is pet and family friendly while able to withstand heavy foot traffic.

 



Nourison Essentials Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Amazon

Brennen Mortimer Southwestern Tan Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Terraced half-diamonds paired in a neutral palette make the Brennen Mortimer Southwestern Indoor/Outdoor Rug a stylish, easy to clean outdoor rug.


Brennen Mortimer Southwestern Tan Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Wayfair

Dash & Albert Samson Navy Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Part of the Bunny Williams collection, this simple stripe has an intricate, designer feel that is made from recycled plastic bottles , durable construction, and is UV treated to be stain and fade resistant.

 



Slope Outdoor Bar StoolDash & Albert Samson Navy Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Amazon

Orman Burnt Orange Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Available in five on-trend colorways, the Orman Indoor/Outdoor rug sports classic stripes made from 100% polypropylene that won't shed or fade in the sun.


Orman Burnt Orange Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Wayfair

Tressa Indoor / Outdoor Rug


 


Hand-knotted construction and artistic lattice add a stylish, neutral palette to your outdoor areas. Able to withstand high traffic, sun exposure, and humid climates.


Tressa Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Burke Indoor / Outdoor Rug


Earthy palettes and tonal textures with a touches of modern black  make the Burke Indoor/Outdoor Rug an easy choice for outdoor areas that need a weather-resistant, durable floor rug.


Burke Indoor / Outdoor Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Torryn Outdoor Performance Rug


Artistic staggered stripes made from woven recycled polyester offer a modern, minimal look with an easy to clean, durable construction.


Torryn Outdoor Performance Rug
Pottery Barn

Inwood Hand-Knotted Rug


Get the sophistication of a dining room rug made with the durability of outdoor materials with the Inwood Hand-Knotted Rug.


Inwood Hand-Knotted Rug
Serena & Lily

Mallen Outdoor Performance Rug


Bold geometric designs mixed with modern black and white minimalism and soft, long-lasting polypropylene and polyester make the Mallen Outdoor Performance Rug easy maintenance for years. 


Mallen Outdoor Performance Rug
Pottery Barn

Turnstone Rug


Architectural lines with a casual wave-inspired border are available in three different color ways and made from recycled polyester. Best for covered areas in dry climates.


Turnstone Rug
Serena & Lily

Candelo Black/Bone Indoor/Outdoor Rug


Alternating bands of ivory and black give a modern take on a classic stripe. Made from a mix of polypropylene and polyester, the Candelo Indoor/Outdoor Rug can withstand sun, weather, and heavy traffic.


Candelo Black/Bone Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Wayfair

Malaya Herringbone Indoor/Outdoor  Rug


A tight chevron pattern made from polypropylene and polyester with a latex backing is pet and family friendly while able to withstand high traffic areas.


Malaya Herringbone Power Loom Beige Indoor/Outdoor Patio Rug
Wayfair

Conclusion

From subtle designs to bold statement pieces, your outdoor rug is the foundation for a beautiful, stylish lounge area.  Each rug is made to withstand heavy use, time, and the elements for a lasting and inviting look. Whether you're looking to refresh your patio, deck, balcony, or garden area, these hand picked selections offer a myriad of options to suit your preferences and needs.
 

Your outdoor rug not only adds visual appeal but also serves as functional pieces that ties your outdoor setting together. As you choose your outdoor rug, keep in mind your unique style, climate considerations, and intended use, as these factors will help you make the right choice for your specific needs. With the right outdoor rug, you can build and layer your design with outdoor lounge seating, accent tables, outdoor lighting and more. Creating a space that invites relaxation, socialization, and enjoyment all year-round enhances your daily living and builds life long memories.