Our Top Picks
Best Traditional: Ottomanson Ottohome Collection Area Rug at Home Depot
"No need to buy a rug pad here: this rug comes with its own built-in rubber backing, helping it to stay secure on the floor."
Best with Natural Fibers: Pottery Barn Eyre Jute Rug at Pottery Barn
"Available in two sizes, this rug is hand-woven and yarn-dyed, a process which helps reduce color fading over time."
Best Hallway Runner: Zipcode Design Hand-Braided Cotton Rug at Wayfair
"This rug is hand woven in India, resulting in a delicate, unique look that fits in to almost every home style."
"The inch-tall pile on this ogee motif rug makes it plush and comfortable to walk on or for kids to play on."
Best Sheepskin: IKEA Rens Sheepskin Rug at Ikea
"Though small, this affordable sheepskin rug adds a cozy, wintery feel no matter how you incorporate it into you decor."
Best Tufted: Mainstays Sheridan Olefin Area Rug at Walmart
"This bold rug is made from tufted synthetic fibers that are designed to be both durable and comfortable under your feet."
"This intricately patterned, round rug has a low pile that makes it perfect for high-traffic ares like your foyer."
Best Outdoor: Novogratz Tuscany Striped Denim Rug at All Modern
"The synthetic fibers on this outdoor rug have a coarse texture that will withstand plenty of moisture and foot traffic."
01 of 08
Best Traditional: Ottomanson Ottohome Collection Traditional Floral Dark Red Area Rug
Looking for something stately and elegant for your living room? This rug, which has a floral, tapestry-like pattern, measures approximately 8 x 10 feet and has a fairly low pile (0.2 inches). Overall, shoppers loved the look, especially the rich colors, which they said are more vibrant in person than they appear online. Some would have liked a cushier feel, but said that because the rug is lightweight, it's easy to move around and shake out.
The rug is machine-made in Turkey using durable, stain-resistant nylon, and can be either spot-cleaned or vacuumed. It comes with its own built-in rubber backing so a rug pad isn't needed unless you prefer more padding, and reviewers claim that it stays in place well. This pattern is also available in other sizes and shapes, including ovals, runners, and additional rectangular area rugs.
02 of 08
Best with Natural Fibers: Pottery Barn Eyre Jute Rug
This stylish, Southwestern-inspired rug comes in two sizes: One is approximately 4 x 6 feet, the other a bit smaller. Both have a fairly low pile height of 0.5 inches. The rug is hand-woven using techniques like braiding, looping and threading, and includes a few striking geometric patterns. It's made of 40 percent wool and 60 percent jute, which is the tough plant fiber that's used to make burlap. The fabric is yarn-dyed, meaning the color is applied ahead of the weaving process, which is done to help colors resist fading with age. Unlike some jute rugs, this one is only meant for indoor use.
If you've got young kids or pets who tend to make messes, note that moisture and natural fibers don't play well together. Spills should be blotted immediately and should never be cleaned with liquids; instead, stick to vacuuming and shaking out, and a professional cleaning when you need one. The backing is also made of jute (a rug pad should be used underneath) and the edges are bound and trimmed with a playful wool fringe.
03 of 08
Best Hallway Runner: Zipcode Design Kistler Hand-Braided Cotton Area Rug
This hand-made braided cotton runner measures 2.5 x 8 feet, and adds a great pop of color to a long hallway. The pile height is half an inch, so it feels cozy underfoot without being too bulky or difficult to clean. Made in India, it has so many different hues that it would blend well with just about any type of decor. It can't go into the washing machine or be dry cleaned because it may damage the hand-braided fibers, so professionally clean as needed. Turn your vacuum's beater bar off when you clean this pick or use your vacuum's handheld attachment on the lowest setting.
Like the look but don't need a runner? The company also makes this design in several other sizes and shapes such as rectangular, oval, and round area rugs. Reviewers also loved them for sunrooms, but noted that under a dining table, repeating movement of the chairs might damage the threads over time.
04 of 08
Best Shag: Andover Mills Erich Cozy Shag Navy Area Rug
With a pile that's just over an inch, this 5x7-foot rug (which comes in a variety of other sizes, as well) will turn the living room floor into a favorite hangout spot. Using a high-speed power loom, these rugs are made in Turkey from synthetic fibers. They're designed to be durable and easy to care for, whether you're spot-cleaning a spill or doing a weekly vacuuming session. The repeating circular pattern is known as an ogee motif, which has been used in Middle Eastern textiles since the 14th century.
This rug design comes in several different rectangular sizes as well as a round option that's about 6 feet wide. Pet owners reported that the material has been durable enough to stand up to their four-legged pals, but as one said, "I won’t feel bad replacing it in a couple years because the price was fantastic!"Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Best Sheepskin: IKEA Rens Sheepskin Rug
Even from a wallet-friendly brand like IKEA, it's tough to believe that this gorgeous sheepskin wool rug costs only $30. (So if you're thinking about getting into the whole sheepskin-on-a-dining chair thing, this would be one of the most affordable ways to buy several.) It measures about 28 x 16 inches (covering just about 3 square feet), making it perfect for placing bedside or in the middle of a playroom, perhaps atop another rug.
IKEA says the rug is designed to resist soil, and although it shouldn't be machine-washed or dried, it can be dry-cleaned as long as the chemical trichloroethylene is not used. Using it on the floor? The company recommends using a rug underlay such as their affordable Stopp option to prevent trips and falls. One reviewer found the wool got brittle after getting just slightly wet, others wished it was larger, but most shoppers were pleased with the look and feel. As one said, "I use them in the winter as barstool cushions because they give a ski chalet feel to my space."
06 of 08
Best Tufted: Mainstays Sheridan Olefin Area Rug
Like the Andover Mills rug above, this 5 x 7-foot rug features a gracefully curving ogee pattern, although it's bolder with modern, crisp lines. The pile is about half an inch high, so the rug has a sleek footprint that works under tables and chairs. It's made from tufted synthetic fibers that are designed to feel good under your feet while also being tough and durable. Many reviewers praised the rich teal color, which they said really brightened up their spaces, but some cautioned that the rug's threads snagged when they were vacuuming and moving furniture.
Several other sizes are also available in this pattern, as well as two runners. The smaller sizes can be washed in the machine (score!) while the larger rugs need to be spot-treated or professionally cleaned. The smaller rugs and runners all come with their own skid-resistant backing, but for the larger choices, which have only a thin layer to protect the floor, the company recommends adding a rug pad.
07 of 08
Best Round: Safavieh Madison Navy/Silver Round Area Rug
Simple round rugs are great candidates for bold patterns, like this navy-silver motif. This rug, from century-old textile company Safavieh, is made in Turkey on a power loom using synthetic fibers. The pile is quite low (just a quarter-inch), making it a great choice for a high-traffic area, like a foyer.
A rug pad is recommended to prevent slipping, and you can care for the rug by vacuuming, spot cleaning, or hiring a professional for bigger stains. Reviewers described it as "soft" but not necessarily "plush," and one noted that the color is noticeably lighter in the center, which some people may find distracting. If you need to cover a larger area, this style comes in ten different sizes: five rectangular shapes and five circular ones.
08 of 08
Best Outdoor: Novogratz Tuscany Striped Denim Area Rug
The blue and cream tones in this generously sized area rug (it measures 6 feet, 7 inches by 9 feet, 7 inches) give it a relaxed, beachy feel. It would do well on a poolside patio, sun porch, or even in a living room, especially at a vacation home.
Made in Turkey on a machine loom, the synthetic fibers have a coarse texture and an extremely low pile size (.1 inches), so it will withstand plenty of moisture and foot traffic. It can be cleaned with gentle detergent and a damp cloth or vacuumed, but not machine-washed or dried. One reviewer called it "lovely, beautiful and easily maintained," adding, "[My] kids spilled ketchup on it and I easily cleaned it, it left no stain and looked like new." If you need a different size or shape, the design comes in seven different rectangular sizes, as well as a runner.