Rolling out a new rug is one of the easiest ways to refresh a space in your home. Whether you’re looking for a durable kitchen runner or a bold living room centerpiece, we’re here to help you choose.

Summary

  • For high-traffic areas, stick to rugs or floor mats that are both durable and easy to clean. Indoor/outdoor, polyester, jute, and sisal rugs are all suitable options.
  • Chilewich shag mats are especially great for entryways. Their woven floor mats are very durable and easy to clean, perfect for kitchens and dining areas.
  • Casual daily living areas require rugs that offer a little more comfort, while still displaying the durability necessary for heavy traffic. Wool, cotton, and linen rugs are good all-around options.
  • Low-traffic areas offer the opportunity to sacrifice some durability in exchange for a touch of luxury. Viscose and leather rag rugs are best for these lightly-used areas.

High-Traffic Areas

Spaces like kitchens, hallways, and entryways require rugs that are both durable and easy to clean.

Indoor/outdoor rugs are popular due to their durability and dependability. They are easy to clean and extremely versatile in different environments. These rugs are generally made from either polypropylene or recycled polyester. The polypropylene variations are more durable and 100% family- and pet-friendly. The recycled polyester options are softer underfoot, more comparable to a wool rug.

Similar to recycled polyester indoor/outdoor rugs, standard polyester rugs are also a great mixture of durable and soft. Regular polyester rugs are fade-resistant, lightweight, and easy to clean.

Jute rugs are made of durable, natural grasses and other fibers. They are very strong and can be woven with other materials to add color and make them softer underfoot. Although some variations are blended with wool or otherwise specifically made for low-traffic areas, jute rugs are generally child- and pet-friendly.

Sisal rugs are also made of natural grasses and other fibers. These pet-friendly rugs are incredibly durable. Great for high-traffic areas such as living rooms, sisal rugs can also be used as a base layer when paired with other rugs.

Chilewich shag floor mats are a great option for entryways, mudrooms, or patios. They're the perfect combination of beautiful, functional, and durable. With these mold-resistant mats, cleaning is as easy as shaking out, vacuuming, or hosing down with water and hanging to dry.

Our best-selling Chilewich shag mat pattern is Skinny Stripe, available in 13 colors.

Heathered Shag and Breton Stripe are also popular patterns with a variety of colors available.

Similar to their shag mats, Chilewich's woven floor mats are durable and easy to clean. They are resistant to stain-causing bacteria and feature a slip-resistant latex back. The woven floor mats are available in a variety of patterns and colors, and are perfect for kitchens and dining areas.

Bamboo, Basketweave, Mini Basketweave, and Quill are some of the more popular patterns of woven floor mat.

Daily Living Areas

Living rooms, family rooms, and other daily living areas require rugs that are durable, easy to clean, and soft underfoot.

Wool rugs are renowned for their mixture of softness and durability. They have a strong yet comfortable feeling underfoot. Wool rugs are heavily resistant to both stains and water, and tend to have excellent insulating properties as well. They’re most often utilized in living rooms, dining areas, and other everyday living spaces.

Cotton rugs provide a lot of look at an excellent price. They = are lightweight and generally easy to clean, except for set-in stains. They have a low profile and sometimes come in reversible patterns. Most variations of cotton rugs are both child- and pet-friendly, except for cotton/viscose blends, cotton chenille, and denim. A cost-effective choice for children's rooms.

Linen rugs have a similar mix of durability and softness. They are also child- and pet-friendly and have a low profile.

Low-Traffic Areas

Bedrooms, studies, and other low-traffic areas offer an opportunity to display a more luxurious rug, where durability and everyday cleaning are less important.

Viscose rugs are luxurious and radiant, featuring a very soft and lush feel underfoot. They tend to have finer details than standard wool rugs, while also featuring a subtle silky sheen.

Leather rag rugs have a beautiful texture. They are lightweight, soft underfoot, and oftentimes reversible. These rugs are slightly more durable than viscose, but still should not be used in heavy-traffic living areas.