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Striped Rugs Facts & Buying Guide

Stripes are beloved by designers and trendsetters the world over, from the classic chic of a navy and white striped breton shirt to the bold style of black and white cabana stripes and beyond. Get your stripe fix with an endlessly versatile striped area rug — your home will thank you!

Why Choose A Striped Area Rug?

Striped rugs are endlessly versatile. They can be bold or subtle, neutral or colorful, and work well with any decorating style. Like all patterned rugs, stripes are better at hiding dirt and spots than solid hues, so striped rugs are a great choice for families, busy households and high-traffic areas. A striped rug can make a small space appear larger, plus this simply chic pattern looks right at home in every room in the house.

Know Your Stripes

  • Black and white stripe: Evoking modern scandinavian style, these stripes are most versatile in a medium-width.
  • Ticking stripe: A thin stripe in subtle hues, ticking stripe is incredibly versatile and works well with any style.
  • Broad stripe: Also called a cabana stripe, this is a bold, wide stripe most often seen in black and white; ideal for outdoor spaces.
  • Multicolored stripe: These fun, whimsical stripes are eye-catching. Try one in a transitional space like a hallway, or in a child’s room or kitchen for a pop of color.
  • Vertical stripe: These stripes can make your room appear longer and draw the eye towards a focal point.
  • Horizontal stripe: These stripes can make a space feel wider, making them a good choice in a narrow space.

Material Matters

Striped area rugs come in a range of materials and textures, from nubby natural fibers to soft wool and indoor-outdoor versions. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular materials.

  • Jute: This natural fiber comes from the stalk of the same plant used to make burlap. Very soft underfoot.
  • Wool: Wool is a high-quality rug material that makes for a soft and natural feel underfoot. Wool has natural soil and stain resistance.
  • Indoor-Outdoor: Made from synthetic materials designed to withstand sun, sand, and weather, indoor-outdoor rugs make a natural choice for coastal style rugs because they are so low-maintenance.
  • Hand-tufted: Hand-tufted rugs are created by pushing yarns into a fabric base. The surface pile is then cut to create a cushy, soft feel.
  • Synthetic: Examples of synthetic materials used in rugs are nylon, polyester, polypropylene and viscose. Also called olefin, polypropylene is a synthetic fiber that is strong, colorfast, and comfortable.

Where to use striped area rugs:

  • Expand a narrow kitchen with a broad stripe runner in subtle tan and cream.
  • Pull together a chic dining space with a farmhouse table, metal chairs, and a crisp navy and white striped rug.
  • Create a classic beach house vibe with a blue and white stripe rug in the living room.
  • Use a weather-resistant indoor-outdoor rug in a wide cabana stripe on your patio.
  • Brighten the playroom with a multicolored stripe rug.
  • Create a serene backdrop in the master bedroom with a barely-there narrow stripe rug in soft gray and white.

Decorating With Striped Area Rugs

Stripes have a long, rich history in design, beginning with early textiles. One early striped textile was ticking, a cotton or linen textile usually with a narrow stripe pattern in muted shades of brown, blue, or gray. Ticking fabric was originally used as a sturdy covering for mattresses filled with hay — it had to be tough, so the hay wouldn’t poke you while you were sleeping! Ticking stripe today has shed its purely utilitarian background is now beloved by decorators for its easy charm and versatility.

At sea, we have another example of stripes in design: the horizontal blue and white stripes originally used by the French Navy. These iconic stripes have become a classic design motif evoking simplicity and the sea. Like ticking stripes and other variations, sailor stripes have evolved into a versatile design classic perfect for use on rugs in any room in the house.

Decorating tips for striped rugs:

  • Pick a tight color palette. Stripes can mix well with floral prints, animal prints, or polka dots — the key is sticking within a tightly defined color palette. In other words, use just one theme color throughout.
  • The thinner the stripe, the easier they are to work with; the wider the stripe the more impactful the rug will be within the space.
  • Broad stripes are great for widening a tight space, so they’re perfect on a runner in the kitchen between the island and sink.
  • Stripes draw the eye, so position your striped rug so they lead the eye towards your room’s focal point: this could be the fireplace, a gorgeous outdoor view, or the bed in a master bedroom.
  • Ready for a change? Striped rugs are ideal because you can simply carry them from room to room and they will nearly always work — the same striped rug can easily move from kids room to den to office.

Styling and Care Tips for Striped Area Rugs

Striped area rugs can work beautifully with any style. Here are a few ideas for styling your striped rug with your decorating look in mind:

  • Farmhouse: Pair a striped rug with rustic antiques and classic linen upholstered furniture.
  • Beach: Keep it laid-back and simple with a striped rug in sandy beige and white or coastal blue and white paired with calming blue walls and crisp white slipcovered furniture.
  • Traditional: Select a chic navy and cream striped rug to be the centerpiece of your living or dining room.
  • Modern: Opt for a simple black and white striped rug paired with light wood furniture and lots of candles to channel scandinavian hygge.
  • Eclectic: Make a statement with a big, bold rug in wide cabana stripes, and mix it up even more with an assortment of vintage finds and colorful textiles.

To help your striped rug look good and avoid damage, it helps to follow these guidelines:

  • For striped rugs made from wool, blot (don’t rub!) any liquid spilled before applying a gentle, neutral detergent to clean. Do not use “oxy” type cleaners on wool rugs.
  • For striped rugs made from synthetic fibers such as olefin, nylon, and rayon, the same method can be used — and for tough spots, it’s okay to use “oxy” type cleaners.
  • Rugs Direct recommends avoiding using a vacuum with a beater bar on any area rug to keep it in the best possible shape.

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