What We Like
Range of colors and sizes
What We Don't Like
Less durable than higher-end rug options
If you’re looking to level up your patio or deck this year, adding an outdoor area rug is a great place to start. We decided to roll out the Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug to see for ourselves whether it would succeed in tying our outdoor space together. How well it would hold up to the elements—both the weather and backyard party variety? We’re talking morning dew, wet paw prints, and spilled sangria. Read on to find out how it fared and whether or not it’s a keeper.
Material: Weather- and stain-resistant
The Safavieh rug is made of polypropylene, also known by the generic name of olefin, the same material that a lot of technical outdoor base layer clothing is made from due to its hydrophobic, or water-resistant, nature.
We tried it out on the back patio, using it to define a sitting area where we have an outdoor sofa, chairs, and a small patio table. The morning after rolling it out, we woke up to heavy dew. While the outdoor sofa cushions and the Adirondack chairs were wet enough that you could not sit on them without toweling them off, the rug was scarcely even damp, owing to the moisture-wicking, quick-drying fiber.
The material is stain-resistant, so we didn’t have to panic over spilled juice or red wine like we would with a natural fiber rug.
In the same way that the synthetic fiber repels moisture, it also refuses to absorb dirt, which is magical and really the only reason we get to have outdoor rugs at all. The material is stain-resistant as well, so we didn’t have to panic over spilled juice or red wine like we would with a natural fiber rug. That’s because the fibers are solution-dyed during production rather than after, meaning they have no open dye sites where stains can attach. For this same reason, the color won’t fade with prolonged exposure to sun—ideal for an outdoor item.
Speaking of color, the Safavieh Courtyard Rug comes in eight different shades, so you can really customize the look to work with your patio furniture. The Natural/Cream variation we tested out had a warm, honey-like tone to it that complemented the gray furniture we paired it with.
Texture: Soft underfoot, though on the thin side
The rug is machine-loomed and has a finely woven, alternating texture that keeps the surface from getting slippery. The weave also serves to create a subtle, sophisticated pattern with tonal variation. The rug we tried was mostly tan with cream threads interwoven in a checkerboard dot matrix.
The rug is fairly soft underfoot and definitely felt like an upgrade from the bare brick, but it is thin, so there isn't a lot of cushioning to it. The underside has a more rigid feel to the backing, and the manufacturer does recommend securing with a rug pad. We didn't feel the need since the rug was on a brick patio and anchored by furniture, but if we were to use it on a bare floor indoors, we’d for sure use a rug pad to keep it in place. Using a rubberized rug pad would also add cushioning, making the rug more comfortable to stand and walk on.
Care and Maintenance: Easy cleanup, but top fibers are easily disturbed
The beauty of a rug designed to endure outdoor conditions is that it’s so much easier to clean than traditional indoor materials. That’s one of the reasons parents often opt to use an outdoor-rated rug in the playroom instead of a cotton or wool fabrication.
When put to the test, did the rug clean up as easily as intended? The short answer is yes, but it also proved to be far more delicate when it came to snagging and fraying from wear and tear and even care than we expected.
The beauty of a rug designed to endure outdoor conditions is that it’s so much easier to clean than traditional indoor materials.
For example, we live under oak trees, and the leaves are rather prickly. Using a broom to clear the rug of leaves worked reasonably well, however occasionally leaves would get caught in the fine threading of the rug design and require us to actually remove them by hand. Honestly, this cleaning challenge is likely very specific to oak leaves owing to their prickly edges—most leaves will sweep away effortlessly.
For tortilla chip crumbles and the like, we used a cordless upright vacuum, and it worked like a charm. The manufacturer does caution against using a vacuum with beater bars, likely due to the risk of snagging those delicate top threads that our oak leaves liked clinging to.
Thanks to the previously discussed moisture- and stain-resistant material, other kinds of cleanups were a breeze, too. In our experience, hosing off any spills or even dousing small ones with a big glass of water prevented any staining. The rug dries so quickly, it’s no big deal to wet a small area when you need to.
Durability: Not the best
Unfortunately, olefin rugs aren’t known for being super durable, and the weak point on this particular rug is the weave design. The intricate checkerboard design alternates between raised and flat woven squares. On close inspection, the fine threading on the raised squares looks visibly delicate and behaves that way as well; it’s prone to snagging and becoming frayed and really seems to prefer not to be touched.
We’d recommend placing the rug in a low-traffic area and treating it relatively gently.
Unfortunately, that only works for wall art, not area rugs. Based on our experience, we’d recommend placing the rug in a low-traffic area and treating it relatively gently. That means avoiding any vigorous rubbing when spot cleaning with a cloth or sponge and taking care when shifting furniture or potted plants on the material.
Price: A budget-friendly option
The Safavieh indoor/outdoor rug ranges from under $20 for the smallest 2 x 3-foot size up to just over $200 for the largest 9 x 12-foot version. The roughly 5 x 7-foot rug we received is priced just under $100, which seems super reasonable given its size and quality. It does what we want it to do: It defines the outdoor living space and cleans easily.
The versatility of the rug adds to the value, too. We can imagine bringing the rug in and using it in an entryway or playroom in the offseason, or even to upgrade a backyard she-shed.
Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug vs. Dash & Albert Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug
We compared these two popular outdoor rug choices on quality, style, maintenance, and durability. Both are made from polypropylene, which makes them inherently weather- and stain-resistant. We tried the Safavieh on the back patio to anchor an outdoor living space and put the Dash & Albert on the front porch to create a cozy sitting area. Both rugs enhanced the outdoor areas in a really appealing way. That said, there are a number of differences worth noting.
Both rugs come in a range of sizes, but only the Safavieh comes in a round version, which can be really stylish if your space calls for it. The Dash & Albert Diamond rug comes in more colors: a whopping 16 compared to the Safavieh, which comes in eight variations.
The Dash & Albert rug has a thicker, stronger feel to it, perhaps owing to its handmade flat-woven construction. It’s also softer, and it feels more like a traditional indoor rug than the Safavieh does.
Even more importantly perhaps, is the performance and durability of the two rugs. Despite its soft-to-the-touch feel, the Dash & Albert rug showed tough resiliency to cleaning, whereas the delicate raised weaving on the Safaveigh proved prone to disturbance and loosening of the threadwork.
The Safavieh is the more affordable option by far, ranging from roughly $20 for the smallest option to around $200 for the largest, compared to the Dash & Albert which ranges from around $50 to $1,500.
It’s budget-friendly, but you may need to replace it eventually.
While the Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug ranks high for affordability and versatility, it lacks the durability of a higher-end option. Overall, it’s a decent choice for decorating a deck, but it may not last through several seasons.
- Product Name Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug
- Product Brand Safavieh
- MPN CY8521-03012-5
- Price $20
- Product Dimensions 5 x 3 x 7 in.
- Color Natural/Cream
- Color Options Black/Beige, Aqua/Gray, Beige/Brown, Gray/Navy, Natural/Black, Natural/Cream, Navy/Gray, Red/Beige
- Size Options 2 x 3 ft., 2 x 10 ft., 2 x 12 ft., 2 x 6 ft. 2 x 8 ft., 2 x 5 ft., 9 x 12 ft., 4 x 5 ft., 5 x 7 ft., 5.25 ft. round, 5.25 ft. square