Forget scratchy outdoor mats; a new wave of weather- and fade-resistant outdoor rugs made from softer fibers is changing the floor-covering landscape. Here's a roundup of some current favorites.
NB: Outdoor rugs are also great for use in indoor spaces prone to dampness or spillage (kitchens, baths, entry spaces, and laundry areas).
Above: Recycled Yarn Nautical Stripe Outdoor Rug is made with thick yarns spun from recycled soda bottles. Surprisingly soft underfoot, it is available in blue stripe, orange stripe, or green stripe; $29 to $349 depending on size at Williams Sonoma.
Above: Handmade in India of 100 percent polyester yarn from recycled materials, the Izmir Outdoor Dhurrie is available in slate (shown) and indigo; $41 to $636 at West Elm.
Above: Dash and Albert's outdoor rugs are made of polypropylene that is scrubbable, bleachable and UV-treated for outdoor use. New this season (shown above clockwise from top): the Dash and Albert Rugby Striped Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($38 to $514), Dash and Albert Catamaran Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($38 to $514), and the Dash and Albert Rope Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($44 to $1,310); prices vary by size. Available through Dash and Albert.
Above: Swedish company Pappelina makes durable plastic and polyester rugs suitable for indoor or outdoor use; a favorite is the Pappelina Hugo Carpet, which features a dot pattern. Available in mud (L) or black (R); $123.60 to $586.25, depending on size, at Scandinavian Design Center.
Above: Solid Sunbrella Flat Braided Rugs are loomed from Sunbrella® fibers that are stain-, fade- and mildew-resistant. Available in four earthy colors, the large areas rugs range from a 6-by-9-foot size to a 10-by-14-foot size; $785-$1,985 at Restoration Hardware.
Above: Chilewich Electric Stripe Shag Mats are made of tufted vinyl, giving the mats a shagged appearance. Finished in electrically bright colors, the mats are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Available in three sizes; $45 to $150 at Horne.
Above: Striped Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug is available in a choice of five colors of bold cabana stripes of braided durable 100 percent polypropylene that resists fading and mildew; $69 to $669 at Ballard Designs.