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We are always told to look up and out, but why do we undermine what is right below our feet? Outdoor rugs are suited to drier climates where wet conditions and humidity can be avoided. This promotes the outdoor rug as durable and low maintenance. In hotter climates, this also prevents the risk of burned feet!

Outdoor rugs for your home

Outdoor rugs are especially useful because they can handle wear and tear from children and pets, in addition to having the flexibility to be used indoors.
If your garden is dirt, grass and tarmac, then an outdoor rug is a great asset to exteriorising the interior. The home is in the garden also, and a durable, hardwearing outdoor rug will be great to add some aesthetic and provide some comfort for your family and friends for social times.
Let’s take a look at the origins of outdoor rugs and the most popular, common and useful styles.

Origins of outdoor rugs

Outdoors rugs have existed as early as the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC in Western Asia. They were often crafted in India and Persia and then traded elsewhere.The introduction of looms in the 18th century meant that handmade rugs shifted from handwoven to industrial and mass-production quantities.

Styles and common types of outdoor rugs

The profound and rich history of outdoor rugs means that there are lots of varieties and styles. Vinterior’s inventory has a particular emphasis on natural, artisanal handmade rugs to add that special character to your garden.

The Braided Rug

A staple in early, colonial American culture, these rugs were often recycled with pieces of clothing and excess materials to ensure warmth and protection to guests. They are constructed often in a banded braid, cloth braid, flat braid or yarn braid. The aesthetic is thicker and solid coloured.

Hand Hooked Rugs

In its prime in the 21st century, fine hooking and primitive hooking of rugs create different effects. This is where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. This is done using a crochet hook.

Flat Weave Rugs

This is constructed without including any knots at all. Instead, the parallel running fibers that comprise the length of the rug (warp) and those that run along the width (weft) make up the whole surface of the rug.