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Best outdoor rugs 2021: stylish options for your backyard

The best outdoor rugs for zoning an outside space and adding style and comfort to the backyard; we've rounded up the top neutrals, colors and patterns

A black and white striped outdoor rug with a contemporary rattan lounge set byt the side of a swimming pool
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The best outdoor rugs are a versatile tool for adding color and texture to an outdoor living space, and provide a useful way to zone different areas of the backyard. 

Add a large rug under an outdoor dining table and chairs to create an impactful entertaining area, or add softness underfoot by sitting a woven rug under a sectional sofa and outdoor lounge chairs to create a cohesive relaxation zone. 

Whether you opt for a calming neutral or statement pattern, the best outdoor rugs will help to ground your patio furniture, anchoring a decorative scheme as well as providing a tactile floor covering for bare feet.

We've rounded up the Homes & Gardens edit of the best outdoor rugs available, so you can start browsing for the finishing touch to your outdoor space.

And if you're just beginning your backyard transformation, don't miss our guide to the best outdoor furniture for the most stylish patio dining and poolside lounging options. 

Best outdoor rugs 2021

NB. For easy comparison, we've listed the recommended retail prices for an 8 x 10' rug in each style, but most also have alternative size options available which are noted in the specifications. 

As with indoor rugs, we recommend opting for the largest size floor covering your outdoor space allows and seating furniture on the rug rather than alongside for a more generous feel. 

A patterned blue outdoor rug from Serena & Lily

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1. Serena & Lily Acadia Hand-Knotted Rug

Best patterned outdoor rug for covered areas: a hand-knotted design for the porch

Specifications
Material: Polyester
Color and pattern options in range: 1
Sizes: 2x3', 3x5', 2.6x10', 6x9', 8x10', 9x12', 11x14;
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful pattern+Hand-knotted so no two are the same+Wide range of size options
Reasons to avoid
-Only suitable for covered areas-Not made from recycled materials

Inspired by traditional Persian designs, this intricately patterned outdoor rug blends a bold floral motif with beautiful tonal shades. 

Available in a wide range of sizes that makes it easy to find the best fit for your space, the hand-knotted design is crafted from heathered yarns that have the subtle shadings of a well-loved, time-worn textile, and as such no two designs are quite alike. 

Suitable to be used both indoors or outdoors in a covered area, we think this is the perfect option for a wide porch or courtyard terrace where the rug's neutral colour palette will complement both decking or paving.

A black and white outdoor rug made from recycled plastic

(Image credit: Ferm Living)

2. Ferm Living Way Outdoor Rug

Best eco-friendly outdoor rug: a neutral option made from recycled plastic

Specifications
Material: 100% recycled plastic
Color and pattern options in range: 2
Sizes: 2x2'8'', 2'8''x7'1'', 5'5''x7'9'',
Reasons to buy
+Made from 100% recycled plastic+Neutral design makes for easy accessorizing+Matching outdoor cushions available
Reasons to avoid
-Limited size options

An easy neutral that will go with a wide range of outdoor furniture and flooring materials, Ferm Living's Way outdoor rug is a brilliantly sustainable option.

Woven from recycled PET fibres that are repurposed from single-use plastic, each rug saves 292 plastic bottles from landfill, creating a beautifully soft rug that bypasses the need for new materials to be extracted from the earth.

Available in simple black and white or a darker 'sugar kelp' brown, as well as the larger rug there is also a long and thin runner and a porch mat on offer, all offset with asymmetrical rows of fringed trim that underscore the handmade feel.

To complete the look, pair with the matching outdoor cushions. Made from recycled plastic that corresponds to 55 plastic bottles and featuring plumptious feather and down inners, you will need to bring the cushions indoors during any downpours, but luckily they look just as good inside as out.

A kilim-style outdoor rug in terracotta tones from Arhauss

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3. Arhaus Janea Performance Rug

Best kilim outdoor rug: a traditional design made from weather-resistant outdoor materials

Specifications
Material: 100% polyester
Color and pattern options in range: 1
Sizes: 5x7', 6x9', 8x10', 9x12', 10x14'
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful kilim design+Good range of size options
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials

A traditional kilim style weave is blended with outdoor materials in the Janea rug to make a versatile floor covering perfect for adding warmth and refined elegance to an outside space. 

The handcrafted design is woven in beautiful faded tones that blend well with natural outdoor materials like stone, wood and wicker, softening hard surfaces like paving and brick work to layer an outdoor living space with subtle texture.  

And because these rugs are handmade, no two designs are exactly alike, making your outside space uniquely yours. 

A black and white striped outdoor rug

(Image credit: Arhaus)

4. Arhaus Lacosta Black Performance Rug

Best striped outdoor rug: make a statement with graphic black and white

Specifications
Material: 100% PET yarn
Color and pattern options in range: 1
Sizes: 4x6', 5x8', 7'6x9'6'', 8'10x11'9''
Reasons to buy
+Monochrome stripes work as a neutral+Good range of size options
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials-We would have liked to see some larger options

Despite the bold contrast, a black and white striped rug can work brilliantly as a neutral, blending easily with a wide range of outdoor styles, from a classical formal garden to a contemporary poolside retreat.

Laid with stripes running horizontally to the main viewpoint, a striped rug can also be a useful tool for lengthening a small or narrow space, drawing your eye down the garden and creating the illusion of more space.

Pair with simple black or cream accessories for a more tailored look, or go bold by mixing contrasting patterns and prints for a vibrant entertaining space.

A round outdoor rug with a muted animal print pattern

(Image credit: Jill Zarin)

5. Jill Zarin Cape Town Round Area Rug

Best round outdoor rug: take a walk on the wild side with muted animal print

Specifications
Material: 100% polypropylene
Color and pattern options in range: 4
Sizes: 4x4'
Reasons to buy
+Muted animal print design adds interest+Useful for smaller spaces
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials-Limited sizes

Who said rugs must be rectangular? Not Jill Zarin who has created a great range of circular indoor/outdoor floor coverings. 

The faded tones of this animal print option tone back the drama creating an easy to work with neutral with a hint of the wild side. 

Great for use in a smaller backyard, a circular rug can be placed in front of a favourite lounge chair or outdoor sofa to create a focal point that draws your eye down the garden.

A red and beige patterned outdoor rug

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6. SAFAVIEH Courtyard Kathy Indoor/ Outdoor Patio Rug

Best colourful outdoor rug: add a splash of eye-catching colour

Specifications
Material: Polypropylene & polyester
Color and pattern options in range: 8
Sizes: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Wide range of size options+Great for a splash of outdoor colour
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials

An easy - and affordable - way to add a pop of colour to a dull outdoor space, this Safavieh rug comes in eight useful color options, including vibrant red, fresh green and dark green options and two classic blue tones.

There are also a wealth of sizes on offer which makes it easy to find an option to suit your space, including several sizes of round rugs.

Stain and UV-resistant this rug is also a useful easy-to-care-for option for high traffic areas.

A neutral sand coloured woven outdoor rug

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7. RH BRAIDED HERRINGBONE OUTDOOR RUG

Best neutral outdoor rug: complement any scheme with this easy win neutral

Specifications
Material: 100% polypropylene
Color and pattern options in range: 4
Sizes: 3x5', 5x7', 6x9', 8x10', 9x12', 10x14'
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of size options+Neutral design makes for easy accessorizing
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials

A neutral rug is an easy win, complementing nearly all outdoor furniture sets and landscaping materials, and with this RH option you get four choices of versatile shades; sand, honey, linen and charcoal.

The loomed herringbone twill adds understated detail that elevates the plain colorways to add subtle texture to an outdoor living area, whilst the polypropylene weave ensures good all-weather outdoor performance.

A blue and white striped outdoor rug

(Image credit: Serena & Lily)

8. Serena & Lily Perennials® Santorini Rug

Best nautical outdoor rug: embrace coastal style with fresh blue stripes

Specifications
Material: 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns
Color and pattern options in range: 1
Sizes: 2'6''x10', 5x7', 8x10', 9x12', 11x14'
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of size options+Coastal style
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials

Inspired by the colors of Santorini, the Greek island nestled in the Aegean Sea, the tonal blue and white stripes of this outdoor rug create a nautical feel that's perfect for adding cooling calm to a beachside retreat or coastal courtyard. 

A good range of size options ensure there's a measurement that will work for most spaces, and with the design woven from Perennials® Performance Fabrics, you can be sure that the rug will resist stains and moisture, and withstand UV light to maintain its optimum colors without fading.

An outdoor rug with a bold multicolored tropical leaf pattern


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9. Dream Decor Rugs Miami Palms Indoor/ Outdoor Area Rug

Best tropical pattern outdoor rug: go bold with this statement multicoloured design

Specifications
Material: Polypropylene
Color and pattern options in range: 1
Sizes: 2x4', 2'6''x8'6", 3'6"x5'6", 5'6"x8', 7x10', 8x11'
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of size options+Bold, statement style
Reasons to avoid
-Not made from recycled materials

Add bold style to the backyard with this tropical leaf print design. Perfect for creating a focal point to draw you outside, the multicolored design will add statement style to your patio, balcony or porch. 

The botanical pattern is also a useful tool for adding an organic touch to an outdoor space that's a little short on greenery, so if your thumbs aren't green this might be an option to embrace. The looped weave also adds texture and depth to the design, creating an artisan feel.

A blue and white patterned outdoor rug from Raymour & Flanigan

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10 Raymour & Flanigan Eagean Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Best budget patterned outdoor rug: an affordable all-weather option in a good selection of patterns

Specifications
Material: Polypropylene
Color and pattern options in range: 11
Sizes: 2x4', 5x8', 7x9', 8x10'
Reasons to buy
+Subtle patterns add interest+Good range of color options
Reasons to avoid
-We would have liked to see larger options-Not made from recycled materials

Available in eleven different designs, the Eagean indoor/outdoor rug collection from Raymour & Flanigan is a great way to add pattern to the backyard on a budget. 

The muted tones work well with a wide range of outdoor floor surfaces, and although most are a little on the small side, there is still a good selection of size options to choose from.

We like this tonal blue design, but there are also some lovely Berber-style outdoor rugs, neutral stripes and kilim style designs on offer.


How to choose from the best outdoor rugs

Size

One of the biggest frustrations of shopping for any kind of rug can be the discrepancy in sizes between styles. There's little more annoying than finding a weave you love only to discover the size doesn't fit your space. 

To avoid disappointment make sure you measure before you start shopping to work out the best fit for your space. As a rule of thumb, you'll probably want to opt for the biggest rug your space and budget allows; one generous enough that your furniture sits entirely on the rug with a few feet of rug all around, although in a smaller space a centrally placed circular rug can still create a lovely focal point.

Materials

Most outdoor rugs are made from polyester or polypropylene, which as plastics are water-resistant and stain-resistant making them ideal for outdoor use where they repel moisture and are resistant to mold or mildew.

The best outdoor rugs you can buy are options made from recycled plastic or recycled PET fibers. These repurpose already existing single-use plastics from things like plastic bottles, drinking straws and food-grade containers, preventing new materials from being extracted from the earth, and stopping single-use plastics from ending up in landfills (where they take many years to break down and in so doing leach harmful chemicals into the environment). 

Flatweave or tufted?

Outdoor rugs tend to come in either a flatweave or a tufted design. A flatweave outdoor rug will be thinner and won't add as much insulation underfoot, but the bonus is that they're usually lightweight, easy to move, and because they lay very flat to the ground have less potential to be a trip hazard. The flatweave also makes it harder for outdoor debris to become trapped, so they're easy to freshen up with a quick shake or a hose down.

A tufted rug usually has a much deeper pile which makes it a more luxurious option for sinking your toes into and adding insulation to the floor, however, the deeper pile adds extra weight, so this is unlikely to be an option for picking up and taking onto the beach or the lawn. The deeper pile makes debris a bit harder to shake out, and the extra raised thickness could potentially be more of a trip hazard. 

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

A background in art and design informs Amy’s love of colour, texture, and form, with a degree in Printed Textiles for Interiors at Winchester School of Art opening a gateway into the world of interior design and grounding her knowledge of the importance of decor, furnishings, and furniture in curating a well-considered space. 


Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design - and all other aspects of our lives - must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.


When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Homes & Gardens’ readers, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, digging through antique markets to unearth buried treasures, or printmaking in her home studio.