Natural-fiber rugs are durable, stylish, often very affordable and easy to clean. That being said, there's still a place for synthetic alternatives, and in some situations they're actually the better choice. For example, polypropylene rugs are great for outdoor use and areas with high moisture or heavy traffic.
Polypropylene rugs (also known as olefin rugs) have a natural-fiber appearance, but unlike most natural fibers, they are able to absorb water. This makes them well-suited for the outdoors and areas like the bathroom or basement; polypropylene rugs will not grow mold or mildew when exposed to water.
Not only are poly rugs able to absorb water, but they are also able to withstand other outdoor elements as well, such as the sun. If you're searching for an outdoor rug, make sure it is 100-percent UV-stabilized polypropylene. With UV stabilizers, these poly rugs won't fade from too much sunlight. All of our polypropylene rugs are made with UV Stabilized fibers and will hold their color season after season.
Another advantage of polypropylene rugs is that they are stain resistant. The dining room, living room, mudroom or any other area where frequent spills occur could benefit from a poly rug. Even red wine can be cleaned up easily without altering the rug's appearance. They can also be softer underfoot than most natural fiber rugs.