Rug Buying Guide

Tips when adding an Area Rug or Runner

Is your room lacking a little excitement or do you need a piece to simply get started? Maybe you're just missing a little added texture or are you missing that final, finishing touch in the sunroom? You just might be in the market for an area rug. Whether you are interested in an indoor area rug or outdoor, there are so many affordable options available at Our Boat House. 

An area rug is like artwork but for the floor. It can be beautiful and serve a purpose. The main reason we use an area rug in our design projects is to anchor all the seating in a room. It also has many other benefits as well because it adds color, texture, pattern as well as provides a cozy feeling to any space. Whether your space is big or small, you have kids and pets - we have a rug for you. Area Rugs are available in a variety of materials and some of our best sellers include: Jute, Cotton, Sisal, Polypropylene, Wool and P.E.T.

 "I always begin a room with the rug; it is literally the foundation of the space. Then I go on to the furniture." - Lee Radziwill

Rug Types - Material

Jute & Jute Blends - NATURAL

  Since it's a natural material jute is classified as eco-friendly, so it's a material you can feel good about buying. Jute has an earthy vibe that offers a coastal rustic feel. When jute is blended with cotton or other fibers it offers a more versatile feel from modern to boho chic Jute can also be dyed to add deep rich colors.

Cotton - NATURAL

 Cotton area rugs are soft, lightweight, easy and affordable. Available in numerous patterns, prints and colors cotton area rugs are great for low to medium traffic areas so bedrooms, halls or the office.


P.E.T. (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Rugs are an eco-friendly weave made from re-cycled polyester fiber that is made from recycled water bottles. The fiber created is a form of polyester similar to that of clothing fabric so it feels as soft as cotton and can be as durable as wool. They are U.V. treated to be fade resistant so they make perfect outdoor rugs. They do absorb water so hang to dry. PET rugs are washable, scrubbable and are often reversible.


Polypropylene is made from Olefin which is a sythentic fiber man made in the 50's. It's basically plastic pieces that are melted and spun into a yarn like fiber. Color is added in the melting process as the fibers cannot be dyed after being made. This process allows for vibrant, fade resistant colors. Perfect for outdoor use as you can hose it down, scrub it with a sponge or brush, shake it out and it does not change. Tolerant to sun, rain, kids, dogs, and salt air. Patterns include herringbone, stripes, intricate colorful weaves, chevrons and more. Perfect for high traffic areas, stair runners, living rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and more!


Wool Area Rugs are durable in construction and are perfect for high-traffic areas like living rooms, hallways, kid's rooms and as stairway runners. They are soft to the touch and can be woven, micro hooked or cut pile. Weol is a great choice as it's low maintenance. 


Sisal rugs are natural rugs made from Agave plants. They are tightly woven into intricate, unique patterns and typically neutral tones in color: tans & browns. When sisal is blended with other fibers like wool, they have more variety in color. Primary use is indoors but they can be used on covered porches and lanais. Sisal Rugs are great for layering with other rugs and can be used in high traffic areas. Not recommended for kid's room. Spot clean by blotting without water.

Viscose is essentially rayon. It is a rather delicate fiber so when made into an area rug it's typically woven with cotton or wool to make it more durable. It can be dyed into any color as well as multiple colors in one rug. Viscose rugs are perfect for low traffic areas like the bedroom, office or hallway. Not the best choice for kids or pets due to the delicate nature.
Linen Area Rugs are typically blended with multiple fibers in order to create a substantial rug. Linen rugs are delicate, light-weight and perfect for low traffic areas like the bedroom or office. Typically light and airy, linen rugs soft in texture and pale in color. Not suitable for pets or children. Professionally clean only.

Why Buy from Our Boat House



A majority of our products are Made in America using eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials and woods as well as some of the finest organic fabrics.



We provide extensive customer support and service over the phone, live chat or email. Questions about your order?   Give us a call!



Our Selections are of the highest quality in today's marketplace. We use the finest textiles and fabrics for our custom seating pieces.


We offer the option to upgrade to Premium Delivery Services with in-home white glove delivery for your slipcovered pieces. The Crew sets up your items, adds the slipcovers and take away all the packaging. 


Old World rustic lanterns, authentic ship's lamps, vintage wooden oars or ship salvage. We are your source for all coastal finds, rare and unique.

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