There’s no place like home. No matter which part you sit in, it’s cozy everywhere. Be it deep inside, like the bedroom or the outdoor, like the patio, it’s always comforting. There’s no feeling like sitting on the outdoor patio, sipping a cup of hot beverage, surrounded by the people we love, chatting, and laughing our hearts out. It's soothing? Isn’t it?
There have been several moments where that outdoor patio had been your ultimate ‘chabutra’ (or platform), for hanging out with friends and family. Don’t you think, that the place which gives you so much comfort should be decorated in a way that makes it more relaxing? The answer is YES, you should! And the first area to start with, would be the flooring.
An outdoor patio rug serves the same purpose as an indoor area rug; it pulls your seating area into a single, unified space that’s inviting and comfortable. It allows you to create a truly personalized decor for your yard. Patios, decks, and porches become spa-esque when you add a rug to zhoosh up the space.
How to Choose a Rug?
When going for an outdoor patio rug few things should be kept in mind. The main tedious task is how to choose the most suitable outdoor rug according to the surrounding furniture, as well as the nature of the weather it will be exposed to.
One of the major rug qualities are hand-knotted rugs. There are many categories of rugs, like hand-tufted and machine-made. But hand-knotted rugs are highly suggested. This is because the knots add up to the quality and life of a rug. A hand-knotted rug, if taken cared for and used properly, can last for generations!
Choose the Material
Focusing on the material to be the top priority, some of my suggestions would be:
The most reliable material one should go for would be ‘wool’ rugs. Wool is very resilient and its texture allows it to quickly recover from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. This natural resilience also keeps the rug looking new and fresh for longer periods. Wool has a natural ability to resist staining and soiling. That’s why spills on wool are very easy to clean.
Apart from the cleanliness factor, Wool is also supposed to provide warmth. So even is the weather being crisp or mildly cold, that won’t stop you from sitting outside on the patio.
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The beauty of ‘silk’ rugs is unmatched. Other than its bright and beautiful patterns, its touch to bare skin is very calming. Silk threads have high tensile strength and can take a lot of stress before wearing off.
Silk itself a very shiny material, thus, giving the rugs its sheen, shine, and luster. Though Silk rugs need more attention than wool rugs, they are still worth it. They give a very royal look to the place they are laid in.
All of our rugs are highly durable and have very low maintenance. So, even if you spill some food or beverages, the stains can be removed very easily at home!
Choose the Size
The second step after the material choosing would be selecting the size for your outdoor rug. The most common size keeping mind the size of an average patio is 8 x 10 outdoor rug.
This size will cover the most part of your patio and will save your effort of decorating. Some other outdoor rugs sizes include: 6 x 9, 4 x 6, 2.4 x 4, and runner rugs sizes include: 2.5 x 6 and 2.5 x 8.
Choose the Design/Pattern
Apart from choosing the material and size, the design is also one of the major factors one needs to consider while selecting the perfect Patio rugs.
Just like an indoor rug, you can use different sizes and designs of rugs to define the several areas of the patio. You can place some runner rugs on the boundaries of the patio just to enhance the entrance. But if you have a comparatively larger patio, rather than using different rugs, you can use a single outdoor rug of a bigger size.
Some of the styles that would complement your patio are:
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Wool Rug with Traditional Design
Wool Rugs would always be the greatest choice for your patio when it comes to quick cleaning and long-lasting quality. Mixing a wool rug with traditional patterns can add up a new life to the place. Minimalist, modern furniture with a touch of antique outdoor rug looks very homely with zero efforts.
You can also have fun with the color contrasts of the patio rugs and furniture. Dim shaded rugs with dark chairs and tables are an amazing fit. Pair them up with some nice bright colored cushions and voila! You’re good to go.
Silk Rugs are long-lasting, and its touch to the skin is to die for! The specialty of silk rugs is that they have an amazing shine to them. No matter how far away they’re laid, they always catch the eye of the beholder. The bright and symmetrical patterns complement the patio perfectly.
Though the price range of a Silk rug is slightly more than that of a wool rug, it still is a great investment. Silk rugs fit in wherever they’re laid in.
If you do not want to buy a large outdoor silk rug, you can go for runner rugs for the sides of the patio. Runner rugs are also great for laying in the middle of the patio and they look beautiful even there.
Vintage Rugs for Patio
Some would think that a vintage rug is only for a living room or a bedroom with some vintage setup. But the truth is that a Vintage rug can also be a part of an outdoor setting.
With some lively furniture and some decor, a vintage rug can give a royal look to your patio. The beauty of a vintage product is that it never loses its charm. The same goes for a rug, no matter how dusky the design, it never loses its worth.
We’ve discussed the minimalist decor with a loud rug being a great match. But a Minimalist rug is the most trending these days.
The bright or some dull colored furniture with a pop of color on the sides and a rug with a minimalist design gives the entire place a posh feel.
Modern Art Inspired
Are you a modern art enthusiast? Then this rug is going to catch your eye. It is said that having modern art at your home can have a positive impact on your sense of hope, self-worth, and well-being. It is also believed to decrease depression, anxiety, and reduce stress.
The main motive of your patio is to give you a sense of calmness after a stressful day or a sense of joy on your day off. What better way to decorate the patio with something that could do both than adding a modern art inspiration to your outdoor rug!
All tribal patterns have a hidden meaning. Most of these are related to growth and never giving up. People nowadays get varieties of tattoos with tribal designs.
Rather than inking it to your bodies, what if a tribal pattern with meanings is laid on your flooring? Wouldn’t that be just an amazing way to welcome the positive vibes in the air around you?
Having blocked creativity for your outdoor rug design can be playful and would give a very youthful and vibrant touch to it. Apart from the variety of colors in the rug, it gives an amazing trippy look to the place.
Rugs with Stories
Ever heard the story of the man who captured the interior designs of the Taj Mahal on a rug!? The story of the historical Charbagh (four gardens) and its design hand-knotted on a carpet?
Imagine having these beautiful outdoor rugs with more than beautiful background stories lying on your patio. Every-time you look at the carpet, there would be some sentiments present with the art.
If you have a semi-shaded patio, then a round rug should be on your options list. A round rug has an advantage over a rectangle rug that it can save its corners from getting wet or dirty.
They also derive the focus to the center if you want to place some precious decor there. It is like aiming for two at the cost of one!
Dhurries are your in-budget rug. They are flat rugs with a nubby-like texture as opposed to a cut pile. They give exactly the look of a rug but much lighter in weight. A Dhurrie is reversible, so they can be used for a longer time.
Of course, a rug is very much higher in quality than a dhurrie rug, dhurries still have an upper-hand in their maintenance. They can be easily hand washed without losing their shine for a long time. But they shouldn’t be washed so regularly that they lose their quality.
Symmetrical Pattern Rugs
A symmetrical design has an irreplaceable charm to it. Wherever it is placed, it always brings something to the table.
Symmetrical designs for outdoor rugs give the patio an effortless authenticity. Just a small-sized rug would do the magic here.
All over rugs
Allover designs always have a magical effect on them. Either it is an all-over floral design or some geometrical designs, it gives an unusual enhancement to the place.
An all-over patio rug is a great choice where you have to have less of the things but still not make it look empty. An all-over rug makes the area all buffed up, together with not making it gaudy.
Runner rugs are for people who won't show off that hard wooden floor together with some elegant decor. Runner rugs fulfill the requirements of a rug and also does not cover up the whole space. They are easier to wrap up and place again and again.
If you’re planning to lay a rug in the cold weather then pick it up as soon as its summer or rainy season, runner rugs are your go-to option.
Final Words to Conclude
The wide variety of rugs can be a real bewildering task to choose from. I’ve listed some of the most beautiful designs that could be laid on your outdoor patio.
The idea is to enhance the part of your home where you sit to enjoy the lovely weather. A beautiful outdoor rug for patio is an investment and can be used by your future generations to come.
It is always said, each and everything in your home has a story behind it. Either it’s a baby cot which was once used to make your elder baby sleep and then your younger kid and so on. Or it’s like that one toy you’re not willing to give away even if it wears off.
The reason being, theirs too much history to it. The same is with a rug. The only difference being that a rug does not wear off easily. A rug also has an advantage, that it never gets out-dated. So even if you buy a plain or a traditional rug, it will always complement your furniture no matter what year.
Buying an outdoor rug is a practical choice because one likes to hang out on the patio experiencing the warm summer sunset, the calm winter mornings, and the cool spring breeze. To amplify these experiences there should be one or two patio chairs or sofas and an outdoor rug under your feet!
In my opinion, a rug is a necessity. It gives a comforting and warm feel to the room and wherever it is laid in. Once you have a rug, you will fall in love with it and there’s no turning back.