Outdoor rugs add warmth, luxury and a unique designer element to any outdoor space, from a lush garden to a cute courtyard to an oversized patio. To create a seamless transition between your indoors and out, shop our wide range of outdoor rug and mat styles, with free delivery across Australia.
Add flair to any outdoor space with a stylish and weather-resistant outdoor rug
What is an outdoor rug?
An outdoor rug is a weather resistant and spill-proof area rug suitable for use in an outdoor space. Outdoor rugs are generally placed on a terrace, deck, patio or balcony, in an alfresco area or beneath a pergola, porch or veranda.
But an outdoor rug doesn’t have to confine itself to outdoor areas only because indoor/outdoor living is no longer black and white. Made from resilient and easy to clean synthetic polypropylene fibres, today’s outdoor rugs are also ideal for high traffic areas in a home. Modern outdoor rugs are designed to complement décor and enhance any indoor space, from family rooms flowing into indoor/outdoor living, rumpus rooms, and kitchen spaces, to children’s bedrooms, hallways and living rooms.
Outdoor carpeting options
Outdoor carpets are generally flat weave rugs made from synthetic fibre to withstand the outdoor environmental elements. This also means UV resistant so it doesn’t fade, and water resistant to rain and spills. Outdoor carpets can be made from a range of synthetic material, including polypropylene, nylon, polyester and acrylic. And while outdoor rugs and mats can also be made from natural fibres like hemp, sisal, jute, seagrass and bamboo, natural fibres are less durable and prone to fading, mildew and mould.
Outdoor spaces and rug ideas
With modern home designs creating seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces, an outdoor rug can help create a smooth transition between your indoor design theme right through to your outdoor entertaining area.
100% polypropylene rugs are a highly practical solution that ticks many modern styling boxes. Being affordable and durable, synthetic fibre polypropylene rugs are also easy to clean and highly resistant to wear and tear and UV rays — so they won’t fade in the sun. Besides being practical, with so many gorgeous outdoor rugs to choose from, these stylish home decor additions can up-style any outdoor space.
Small spaces: For balconies and decks, maximise your space with the largest size outdoor rug that fits the space. Add two folding chairs and enjoy tranquil aqua sky sunsets!
Patterns: Bring bold colour and boho style to your backyard with beautiful patterned outdoor rugs. Add multicolour ottomans and eclectic outdoor furniture to complete the laidback look.
Chic: Add a rustic edge to a covered patio with a clean-line outdoor rug, from understated earthy outdoor rugs to bold-stripe edginess. And an inspired outdoor space can comfortably double up as a stylish home office.
Geometric: Merge some modern into an outdoor oasis, placing furniture on an oversized outdoor rug, extending your indoor style out. Blur the lines between an indoor dining room and alfresco entertaining. Complete the look with dining chairs and table, placemats and stylish cutlery.
Choosing and designing the best style for your space
Combining contemporary styling and innovative design, our range of quality outdoor rugs makes choosing and designing the best style for your space easy and fun. Here are some easy ideas to build on.
- Complement nature by choosing a neutral outdoor rug that subtly blends and enhances natural vertical beauty.
- Depending on your space, style with sofas, umbrella, bar stools or deck chairs. Channel Cancun!
- High traffic areas don’t have to mean unexciting decor areas. Brighten high traffic areas – indoors or out – with a gorgeous durable outdoor rug.
- For the maximalist, layer a smaller round rug on top of a larger rectangular rug. Or choose competing designs that work beautifully together like a striped door mat on a neutral oversized outdoor rug.
- Depending on the dimensions of your outdoor space and the way you configure your furniture, you may choose two identical rugs with a bit of bare floor space on display instead of one extra-large rug.
- Outdoor rugs are also a popular choice for families looking for durable and easy-to-clean floor coverings in active and busy homes without compromising on style.
Top 5 rugs for patios, porches and decks
Our gorgeous outdoor rugs can also be used indoors. We also have a range of synthetic indoor rugs can be used outdoors. And you can style your outdoor area in so many different ways to suit your alfresco lifestyle! With so much choice, versatility aside, here are some of our top picks of outdoor rugs for patios, porches and decks.
- The Seaside rug in Navy and White brings charming chic to a farm-style porch. Settle into a distressed wooden chair as you sip your morning cuppa.
- The Terrace rug in Diamond Natural subtly complements an oasis deck. Adorn with lush plants and trellis greenery to maximise natural beauty.
- Layer on elegance to a city-view patio with the stunning Navy Seaside rug. Add a coffee table book and wall art to blur the lines between entertaining indoors and out.
- Go tribal around a winter fire on a geometric patterned Cain Black Terrace rug. Toast marshmallows on the BBQ, and don’t forget the oversized cushions!
- Build your boho outdoor space and pack multicolour texture and casual pieces on top of the Urban Blue Terrace rug.
Are outdoor rugs a good idea?
Polypropylene outdoor rugs are a great idea, bringing multiple benefits to your outdoor spaces! Combining style, durability and weather resistance, Carpet Court’s outdoor rug collection offers a fantastic selection of colourful and soft-toned neutral rugs in plain or patterned styles. Our wide variety of outdoor rugs are designed to suit your taste and budget while complementing design features of your outdoor space.
With the strong trend towards alfresco designs incorporating outdoor kitchens, dining spaces and seated lounge areas, a stylish outdoor rug helps to define specific zones within the total area while also providing some warmth and softness to the hard surfaces underfoot.
Polypropylene is easily cleaned so an outdoor rug is also an excellent way to protect any surface, particularly your quality pavers, timber decking or expensive aggregate concrete from inevitable greasy food stains and drink spillages. An outdoor rug can also cover the existing stains in your outdoor entertaining area, giving it a fresh, modern look.
What materials are outdoor rugs made of?
Our alfresco outdoor rugs are made from 100% polypropylene, an inexpensive synthetic fibre which is strong, durable, water-resistant and resistant to UV rays.
Polypropylene carpets are often chosen for rental properties because it is a hard-wearing and easily cleaned carpet fibre. These qualities also make it the perfect fibre for use in outdoor rugs as well as in areas of the home where spills and soiling are likely to occur, like rumpus rooms, children’s playrooms, entrance halls and family living rooms.
Waterproof outdoor rugs
Our range of outdoor rugs are power loomed and use enhanced polypropylene. Polypropylene is a highly durable synthetic fibre which makes outdoor rugs waterproof, spill resistant, weather resistant and easy to care for. This type of waterproof durability makes for a perfect indoor outdoor rug — whether you’re looking for a highly durable runner rug to protect your floors from high foot traffic inside, or a weather-resistant outdoor rug to enhance any outdoor space.
Eco-friendly rugs and flooring
Outdoor rugs are commonly made from polypropylene (PP). Even though polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer plastic, it is highly durable, versatile and cost effective. Because a polypropylene plastic outdoor rug is also fully recyclable and doesn’t release any toxic chemicals through the recycling process, it is commonly considered as more eco-friendly plastic. While natural fibre rugs like jute, sisal and hemp are naturally eco-friendly, (and often reversible doubling their lifespan), natural fibre rugs are not durable and don’t love water so won’t last as long outdoors. For these many reasons, polypropylene outdoor rugs are a highly popular choice for homes across Australia, for indoor spaces as well as outdoors.
What sizes of outdoor rugs are available?
Rugs in our stunning alfresco outdoor rug collection vary in size from a neat and tidy 160cmx110cm for smaller spaces to 400cmx80cm runner rugs to generous 320cmx230cm large rugs. The smaller sizes are perfect for adding a little comfort and design appeal outdoors, complementing side tables or ottomans. The larger sizes can define an outdoor dining area or make a statement together with sofas. And any size rug can make any outdoor sofa space cosy and cohesive.
Whatever size you choose for your outdoor space, don’t forget an underlay to prevent slippage between the rug and the surface it’s placed on. An underlay also further protects the floor underneath your rug and also adds to softness underfoot.
Large outdoor rug for your alfresco
A large outdoor rug for your alfresco area can bring charm, elegance and cohesion. A gorgeous outdoor rug can either extend your indoors out, or define an alfresco space as a stand-alone outdoor design oasis. Our range of large outdoor rugs for all size alfresco spaces includes 320x230 and 400x300 size dimensions, with many more size options to choose from.
What colours and styles do outdoor rugs come in?
Besides 10/10 for durability and resilience, our range of outdoor rugs also score high on style. Polypropylene outdoor rugs are the perfect way to continue the theme of your home decor into your outdoor dining setting. Besides our designated outdoor rug range, we also have a great selection of colourful and neutral rugs in plain styles or patterned with geometric shapes, tribal features, floral, and contemporary designs. Here are some of our top picks:
- The Seaside collection of outdoor rugs adds a vibrant, fresh and tropical flair to any outdoor space. Choose from bright fun florals to a bold-stripe navy and white rug to timeless medallion motifs.
- The contemporary Rug Culture Terrace collection brings high style interior glamour to your deck, porch or even inside your home. Designed for heavy traffic areas in your home or any outdoor living space, Terrace rugs are weather and spill resistant, easy care and will add flair to any indoor or outdoor area.
- While not specifically only outdoor rugs, the gorgeous Evoke collection of polypropylene rugs offers a mix of Turkish-made tradition and modern styles in a beautifully soft and subtle colour palette. Loved for its 'faded' look and a top pick as a transitional home decor piece.
- Made in Belgium, the Suva collection is a gorgeous modern rug range with natural appeal. In minimal, predominantly two-tone colour designs, Suva is a stylish foundational flat weave polypropylene rug. Play things down with a Graphic Natural Coffee rug, make a statement with the Aztec Black Grey rug, or make a splash with a Woven Terra Black rug.
Are outdoor rugs easy to clean and maintain?
Yes. A tough, polypropylene rug can be tidied up with your blower vac or indoor vacuum. These durable rugs are ideal for outdoor use and can be scrubbed with soapy water and hosed clean, and then hung out to dry in the sun. Hardwearing polypropylene is also UV stable so won’t fade in the sun.
Polypropylene is also highly resistant to mould and mildew so it won’t deteriorate during cold, wet winter months.
While high quality outdoor rugs are hardwearing, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning spills and stains.
Where to buy outdoor rugs?
At Carpet Court we have a huge range of stylish and modern rugs, including outdoor rugs — whether you prefer to shop for rugs online or visit your nearest Carpet Court showroom. Although, not all Carpet Court stores have outdoor area rugs on display, so be sure to check with your local store first.
Large range of designs, colours and sizes available
Browse our extensive range of outdoor rugs online, viewing images and style ideas as well as detailed descriptions. Besides easy online shopping and fast delivery, you can also locate your nearest Carpet Court store to browse our range of outdoor rugs in a showroom — although stock may be limited instore with more choice available online. Our large range of outdoor rug designs, colours and sizes cater to many décor styles and taste. From green-themed flower power to geometric grey rugs to understated earthy elegance, tribal patterns, and chevron designs. And no matter how big or small your outdoor space, we offer an extensive selection of outdoor rug sizes to make the most of your alfresco area.
Buying your rug online at Carpet Court
Our broad selection of outdoor rugs is available in a large range of designs, colours and sizes. Whether you’re looking to enhance a small patio or a bigger outdoor deck, we have the perfect outdoor rug for you. For answers to any FAQs, whether you’re browsing for your first order, keen to add another rug to your collection, or want to earmark a new arrival for your wishlist, get in touch, we’re here to help.