Just as the name suggests, outdoor rugs are rugs made for outdoors use. A carefully selected rug instantly transforms an outdoor dining or seating area. Outdoor rugs add a bohemian feel and brings in sophistication elevating the look and feel of your outdoor spaces. These rugs are mostly placed in patios, conservatory, decks, pool decks etc.
Indoors rugs are too delicate to withstand the heavy and all-weather use expected of outdoors. Most of the outdoor rugs are composed of polyurethane which makes it water resistant. The rugs made from synthetic materials works well in conditions with high moisture and heavy foot traffic. Because of its moisture absorption capacity, synthetic rugs make for a great waterproof outdoor rug. Furthermore, it will not grow mold or mildew when exposed to water – strengthening its durability.
Other materials used for outdoor rugs include natural materials such as jute, bamboo, sisal which add a wonderful warmth and texture to your space. The new trend in the outdoor rug market is the more sustainable options like rugs made of recycled plastic and bottles.
The most important thing to note is that even though most of the rugs are sold for “outdoor use”, this does not make it “waterproof” and could cause damage to the rug if left outside during rains. The outdoors rugs because of its material composition is water resistant and if left in water, could dry up soon. However prolonged exposure to elements could fasten the deterioration of the rug.
While buying an outdoor rug, look for the ones which are
- Mold and mildew resistant
- Fade proof
- Stain resistant
- Water resistant
- UV resistant or UV stabilised
Even though indoor rugs cannot be used outside, outdoor rugs could be used both outdoors and indoors making it an excellent choice for mud room or hallway.