If you’re shopping for a new area rug, odds are that you’ve come across polypropylene rugs or carpet. But with such a complex name, what are polypropylene rugs and why would you pick one for your home?

As a maker of custom rugs with both natural fibers and synthetic materials, polypropylene is just another fiber on our loom. To help you decide if polypropylene carpet or area rugs are a good option for your home — or your patio — we have the answers to your questions here.

What Is a Polypropylene Rug?

Polypropylene rugs (also known as olefin rugs) are designed to look like sisal, but they are actually made from synthetic fibers.

Polypropylene — the main ingredient in the rug — is simply a polymer created from monomer propylene and is frequently used in packaging, labels, textiles, and reusable containers. Considering how widely polypropylene is used, odds are you already have plenty of it in use at your home.

These polypropylene fibers are specifically made to look exactly like wool, sisal, and other common rug fibers. Once made, these fibers are machine woven into unique rugs that look exactly like the real deal but come with the added benefits of being man-made. For example, polypropylene rugs are carefully designed for superior comfort and resilience, making them versatile rugs that can find a home in both the indoors and outdoors.

Are Polypropylene Rugs Soft?

The answer is yes! As you already know, rugs are designed to add comfort, beauty, and functionality to any designated space. Some spaces, however, require higher levels of comfort or functionality than others (like your kitchen or family room, for example), and the fibers used to create a rug determine how well it will serve its purpose.

Polypropylene rugs are designed to be soft and offer the right amount of comfort needed, have the same look and feel of natural fibers, and provide great functionality. Browse through our selection to find the right polypropylene rug for your home or commercial space and consider adding a rug pad underneath for more cushioning.

Are Polypropylene Rugs Durable?

Yes, polypropylene rugs are durable. Made to handle extreme weather, messes, and scratches, polypropylene rugs are extremely resilient and can easily bounce back from wear and tear. In fact, this resilience makes them great rugs for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Why are polypropylene rugs great for inside or outside?

Polypropylene rugs are highly stain-resistant and will not grow mildew or fade when exposed to outdoor elements. This makes them excellent solutions for outdoor spaces and indoor areas with high-moisture or where frequent spills occur. If you're looking to add a rug in your kid's bedroom, in the basement, or outside on your patio, a polypropylene area rug is highly recommended. And if your polypropylene carpet or rugs get dirty, you can simply wash them off with a hose as there’s no need to worry about excess moisture.

Should I Get a Natural or Polypropylene Rug?

Figuring out how to choose a rug is no easy feat that involves weighing a lot of pros and cons. When it comes to your home, you need to weigh the look, feel, and function of the rug before you can make the right choice. If you still can’t decide on which type of rug is best for your home after weighing all of the options, check out our full comparison of natural vs. synthetic rugs.

Ready to go all-in on a polypropylene area rug or carpet? Check out our full selection of sisal look-alike rugs.