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A beautiful area rug has the potential to completely transform a room. It could make it feel more homely, look brighter or bigger, and also create a visual frame that defines the various areas in it—whether it’s a reading corner, lounging, or dining space. And of course, let’s not forget the practical aspect of having an area rug—it keeps your floor clean and protects it from damage.

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And all of that is also true when it comes to outdoor rugs, maybe even more so. If your house has a big backyard then adding a rug will instantly make it look more welcoming. People have always gravitated towards creating “rooms” in every space regardless of whether that’s indoors or outdoor for a reason—we feel a sense of protection and are able to relax and unwind.

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There are of course some differences, too, when it comes to shopping for an outdoor rug. Look for a low-pile one crafted from moisture-wicking and weather-resistant material. Flat-woven outdoor rugs are really good options because they don’t shed and are kid and pet-friendly.

Now check out the best outdoor rugs that will turn your patio into a more serene and stylish place to spend your summer.

Restoration Hardware Perennials Performance Outdoor Rug

Perfect for a coastal home, this outdoor rug sports a classic navy-and-white striped pattern. The great thing about it is that it is handwoven from super durable acrylic yarn that is resistant to stains and won’t fade over time.

To buy: from $4,035,

Pottery Barn Dhalilah Indoor/Outdoor Rug

This outdoor rug will add so much character to your patio thanks to the vibrant allover geometric pattern in white and navy. Crafted from recycled polyester, it is lightweight, easy to clean (read pet and kid-friendly), and very soft.

To buy: from $49,

Mandy Khera for Obeetee Indra Outdoor-Indoor Rug

This may be a flat-woven outdoor rug but it feels extremely soft to the touch, which, if you tend to spend your days barefoot, is a very good thing. It was crafted by artisans who use a special yarn dyeing technique that produces the unique heather effect.

To buy: $595,

Serena & Lily Seaview Rug

Because this rug was weaved from polyester fibers engineered from plastic bottles, it is extremely sturdy and perfect for the high-traffic areas in your backyard. The soft rose shade together with the diamond-inspired geometric pattern makes it ideal for the lounge area in your patio.

To buy: $798,

Tollette Teal Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

If your al fresco dinners tend to get extra messy (food and wine stains are no joke!), then this is the rug for you. It’s not only stain-resistant but it will also hold up pretty well against humidity and showers. The gorgeous teal hue is definitely an added bonus—it gives off major coastal vibes.

To buy: from $42,

Wilkes Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Rug

The bold geometric design of this outdoor rug and its vibrant colors will brighten up any space. It was handmade in India and the rug motif was actually inspired by outdoor tiles.

To buy: $636,

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Elizabeth Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Inspired by traditional African Kuba textiles, this brightly hued outdoor rug will pop against any type of flooring. It was made from UV-treated recycled plastic to give it some extra sturdiness and durability.

To buy: from $165,

CB2 Estrada Double-Backed Black and White Stripe Outdoor Dhurrie Rug

How do you turn a classic striped pattern into a cool and modern design motif? This sleek outdoor rug perfectly answers that question. With touches of black and mustard against a white base, it will transform any outdoor lounge space into a stylish, contemporary space.

To buy: $449,

Breakwater Bay Catharine Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

This beautiful braided rug oozes a boho-chic vibe and would sit especially well in a beach house thanks to its earthy hue that reminds us of the sand. Because the rug is made from Polypropylene, a synthetic fiber known for being very strong and easy to clean, it is a really good option for high-traffic areas.

To buy: $170,

Dash & Albert Rugs C3 Herringbone Beige Indoor / Outdoor Area Rug

If you’re looking for something with a more classic vibe, this beige rug that features a herringbone pattern definitely fits the bill and would add a casual vibe to your outdoor seating area. It cleans up very easily and is a great option for a home with pets.

To buy: $208,

Ikat Mix Indoor/Outdoor Rug

This outdoor rug will become the focal point of any outdoor space thanks to its eclectic design. It was handmade in India from recycled polyester and can be washed at home. Another bonus? It is reversible.

To buy: from $600,

Goodwin Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Oriental rugs add so much sophistication and character to any room. Unfortunately, they are not at all suitable for outdoor use but this one that sports a beautiful Oriental-inspired pattern is. It’s made from recycled polyester that aside from being eco-friendly is also a great option for people with allergies. And last but not least, it’s reversible and resistant to stains and moisture.

To buy: $636,

Capel Kingsbury Bleached Indoor/Outdoor Rug With Sunbrella

Made from stain, mildew, and sunlight-resistant Olefin fabric, this is the quintessential outdoor rug. It sports a classic diamond-weave pattern in an earthy tone and a contrasting trim for a pop of color.

To buy: from $449,


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