Your entryway, or foyer, or entrance hall (whatever you call it) is the preview of your home. It reflects the style and vibes of your home. You only get one chance to make a great impression and, it's not always easy to style the entryway. If you're wondering how to choose a rug for entryway, I've got you covered. I'll answer all your questions and help you to choose the best area rug for entryway. Keep reading...

This is required for you to choose a sensational and specific rug for your entryway. Because the entryway is a high-traffic area. There may be mud on someone's shoe when they come to your door. A child may drop some ice-cream from his cone on his way outside. Your wet footprints may find their way across the rug as you move indoors to take your forgotten purse. This is the ultimate guide for choosing the best rug(s) for entryway. 

Following are the points to consider before you buy a rug for foyer:

1. Size of the rug must be in the proportion to the size of entryway

Foyers come in several shapes and sizes. If you put a small 2'x3' rug in a giant entryway, it will look wimpy. On the other hand, if you put a 5'x7' rug in an entryway that doesn't have a larger surface area itself, looks too big. You have to choose a rug that complements the entryway and furnishings.

area rug for entryway

What size should an entryway rug be?

In general, it is a great practice to follow the rule of thumb that states, "allow at least 18"-24" of floor space between the edge of the entryway rug and the wall". But, the statement is not true for all the entryways. As mentioned, foyers have multiple shapes and sizes. For a foyer smaller in size, space could be less. 

  • The first step is to measure your entryway and then decide whether or how much of the floor you want to show. I'm pretty sure if you have hardwood floors or your floors are worn you would not be wanting to cover all the floor with a rug, right? It helps you to choose the perfect size for the entryway rug.
  • Now, it comes to choose a rug shape. If you have a long narrow entryway, I'd suggest you go with a runner rug. If it's rectangular, go with a rectangular rug. You opt to choose a square or round rug that you can center in the middle of the space under a chandelier.

2. Keep space between the bottom of the door and your entryway floor

You have to make sure that the space between the bottom of the door and the floor is enough. This is the deciding factor for choosing a rug's pile height. If possible, you shall choose a thick rug (~7-9 mm) that adds comfort to your feet.

area rugs for entrance hall 

You can expect a longer life of your rug if there is enough vertical gap between the rug and the door. Otherwise, the consistent rub of a door's opening and closing harm the rug and shorten its life.

3. Rug must be easy to clean and maintain

Quite obvious, light-colored rugs for entryway look beautiful for the first few days. But, what after a month? The color of the rug and rug itself get dull and visibly dirty.

Dark colored area rug for entrance hall

On the other hand, if you choose a dark-colored area rug, it takes longer for an area rug to get visibly dirty. I'll suggest you go with a dim hand-knotted wool rug. Wool rugs have a longer life and easy to clean and maintain.

4. Patterned rugs hide dirt and add visual interest

Do you know patterned rugs can be very forgiving? A well-chosen pattern helps in hiding the dirt and grime until you get a chance to clean the rug. Hearing from our several customers, I can say, a rug with multiple colors and interesting and intricate patterns is great for entryway than a simple, and solid-colored rug. 

patterned rug for entryway

With that said, let's consider another most frequently asked question.

What material is the best for the entryway rug?

The entrance hall rug receives the most tear and wear and is a high-traffic area. A lot of moisture, dust, and dirt come across the way. This is why you need to choose the material that is capable of handle everything. Following are the points to consider:

  • My first and recommended choice (as a designer) is wool. The reason is, wool is durable and easy to clean, and feels like flowers under feet. A wool rug is capable of resisting moisture and stain naturally. You can clean a spot easily with soapy water & a rag. The color of a wool rug won't fade, results in longer life. You can extend the life of a rug for entryway by using a rug pad.
  • Jute and sisal rugs are popular on the entryways as they are also durable and can be cleaned by shaking well and frequent vacuuming. The only drawback of Jute and Sisal rugs are that these are natural materials and absorbs a lot of moisture. If your rug gets extra wet you'll need to hang the rug in sunlight unless it dries. Otherwise, it may cause mold and bacterial growth in the rug, which is not helpful for your health.
  • If you're on a tight budget, it's a decent choice to buy a synthetic fiber rug (made from polyester, nylon, olefin, etc.). Just like these rugs are inexpensive, they have their disadvantages. The major drawback of these rugs is a shorter life. They also tend to show traffic wear over time but you can buy the same as it's the best affordable option. 

My suggestion: Go with hand-knotted wool rugs. They last long and can survive for decades with due care. Also, these are easy to clean and low maintenance. If you believe in a one-time investment, this is the excellent option available. 

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Bonus Tips

Tip #1 

To prevent the rug from slipping, use a rubber pad underneath. At first, measure the size of the rug and then cut and lay the vinyl non-stick pad or rubber pad on a clear and flat surface, accordingly. 

Rubber pad with an entryway rug

Make sure you locate the rubber pad at the exact position where the rug has to be placed. Then simply put the rug on top of it.

Tip #2

Entryway rug in front double door

If your home has a double front door, you have to choose a rug that must lie in front of both doors. Pretty obvious, a smaller rug won't work well in such a case, it's not practical. So, choose a rug comparatively larger in size.

Tip #3

Round rug on the entryway

Again, the shape of the rug for entryway is crucial to enhance the beauty of the space. Choose a runner rug if you have a large but narrow entryway. Round rugs are good if you have arched front doors or double-stair entryways. Rectangular and square rugs are very elegant if the space is wide.

Tip #4

Foyer rugs

An entrance hall with a tiled floor feels cold and displeasing. In case, you have a tiled floor use a large area rug. It helps you to warm up the space and makes it more welcoming. All you have to take care of is the contrast with the floor. Always choose wisely, a well-patterned rug and color shall complement the floor. 

Tip #5

Area rug for entryway

If you are fond of light colors (like me) then you can choose a light-colored rug too. But, there are certain things you shall take care of. You can and have to place a mat directly in front of the door so you and your guests can first take their shoes off or clean them and then walk on your beautiful entryway rug. This way your rug can survive for a long go without getting dirty or dull even if it is of light color.

Suggested Rugs for Entryway

Entryway rugs come in several shapes and sizes. Following are some suggested rugs for your entryway:

1. All Over Design Carpet: Symmetric Hand-Knotted Area Rug

The beauty of the ‘All Over’ design carpet is that the design is beautifully laid out all over the carpet unlike most of the designs that have the medallion in the center. The rug is designed to survive the foot traffic, dust, occasional spills, etc. Also, this is easy to clean as hand-knotted with super fine quality wool.

Hand-Knotted Area Rug


Size: 4.2 x 5.10

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round rug
Size: 5 x 5 Feet

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Though both the type of the designs are very captivating, the ‘Allover’ design is very suitable for areas like the entryway, or areas where some part of the furniture is placed over the rug. It is so because the floral pattern is evenly spread out and visible. If the other design is used, the medallion would be hidden because of the furniture.

2. Grey Africa: Modern Rug for Entryway

Modern rugs are a wonderful way to add softness and warmth to an entryway (or foyer). Modern contemporary rugs (or area rugs) can also be used to tie your color scheme together add color and pattern to an entrance hall. This rug suits modern interiors and has an artistic feel. The advantage of this rug is, it is fade-and-water-resistant and easy to maintain and clean.

Modern Rug for Entryway

Size: 4 x 6 Feet

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If you have a larger entryway area, this rug is my recommendation. In case, you like this rug and need a custom size for the same. Check out our bespoke rugs section and send us your requirements. 

3. Persian Geometric Cum Tribal Rug 

 Persian Geometric Cum Tribal Rug

Size: 6.7 x 10 Feet

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Bring instant drama and sophistication to the room with this wool Persian geometric cum tribal dhurrie rug. The rug is made from superfine natural material for a luxurious feel underfoot. 

This Dhurrie Rug will pump up the style in any space while adding warmth to the entire ambiance. Give your home a makeover with one small change and fresh natural colors and ethnic charm to your floors with this natural handwoven Dhurrie. 

Made from wool and cotton this Dhurrie is durable and is sure to add charm and style to your room decor. Each Durry is woven on a loom using cotton and wool yarn. The warp and weft are cotton yarn, and it is the interlocked weave that makes them reversible. The color-fast natural dyed yarn is the reason they are completely washable to suit the practical need of the modern home.

4. Charbagh (Four Gardens) Design Carpet

Charbagh (Four Gardens) Design Carpet

Size: 3 x 5 Feet

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Charbagh carpet design is having a central medallion and floral motifs with arches, represent the 'concept of paradise'. These patterns fall under the category of Charbagh (this is a Hindi Term) motif, where 'char' means Four and 'bagh' means Garden. Which means that there will be four gardens on the carpet. And, this is the same concept on which the Taj Mahal was built.

Isn't it eye-catching and interesting?

5. Kerman Design Runner Rug

The 'Kerman Design' rug is a Persian hand-knotted rug. The name of this rug originates from Kerman, a city in Iran. The city is famous for its cultural heritage and history of rug-manufacturing. The Kerman Design carpets are amongst the most exclusive rug patterns that entered the western market. 

Kerman Design Runner Rug

Size: Multiple

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Size: 2.5 x 10 Feet

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The novel aspect of this design is that it has a central medallion that is surrounded by a solid color. The wide border of the carpet usually contains flower or figural motifs. The Kerman rugs beautify the area with their novel and distinctive pattern.

6. The Lone Tiger Black 

The hand-knotted rug is one of a kind rug that is beautifully woven on a special loom. The rug requires a great deal of skill, practice, and years of experience. The rich colors were chosen specifically to show the intricacies of the designer.


The Lone Tiger Black Rug


Size: 4 x 6 Feet

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7. Fall Foliage Runner Rug for Entryway

Fall Foliage Runner Rug for Entryway

Size: Multiple

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The Fall Foliage rug is an excellent choice for an entryway rug as it has a simple, clean, and modern design. I love the way orange (kind of) is balancing the grey color of the rug, making it noticeable. 

8. Intricate Linear Pattern - Modern Rug for Entryway

Intricate Linear Pattern

Size: Multiple

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With its attractive appearance, this hand-knotted rug embellishes the look of floors of restaurants, homes, and offices. This is a stylish option if you want to add an accent piece to your entryway.

The Bottom Line

Rugs are a great way to protect flooring near your front door from moisture, dust, snow, dirt, rain, or sunshine. Placing a rug on the entryway (or foyer, entrance hall) enhances the beauty of the home and leaves an exceptional impression on visitors. 

For an entryway, there is a wide range of rugs available including runner rugs, square rugs, rectangular rugs, or round rugs. It depends on the hallway shape and size. A well-chosen rug emphasizes the home décor. 

In this article, I've shared with you several rugs that you can choose from and the points to consider while choosing a rug for your entryway. Now, it's your turn! I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, I do read every comment. 

A lot more to come, stay tuned! :)

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