If you want to really add indoor flair to an outdoor patio space or porch, an outdoor rug is the perfect way to both define an outdoor seating space and to add pattern and visual interest. It also adds comfort — especially on splinter-prone surfaces like decks, chilly concrete, or stucco patios. Most outdoor rugs are made of some form of plastic, since it is more mold and mildew resistant and stands up better to the elements. Of the plastic variety, I prefer the Viva Terra Reclaimed Kasbah Rug ($49 and up). This rug is made from recycled plastic bottles and packing materials, and it's highly stain resistant. Cleaning is easy — just spray it down with a garden hose. And since it's reversible, you can essentially double your use.
For a softer feel, try the Dash and Albert Diamond Rug in Denim ($38 and up, seen at top left) which is made of polypropylene (a material you may recognize from your camping clothes). These indoor/outdoor area rugs are crubbable, bleachable and UV-treated for outdoor use.
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