We Tested (and Rated!) All the Rugs at Pottery Barn — Here Are the Best for Your Space and Needs

updated Apr 9, 2024
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If you ask us, rugs are one of the most challenging decor essentials to shop for online. You have to have a pretty narrow scope already — know what room(s) you’re shopping for, which styles you’re open to, and the feeling you want underfoot — in order to approach the thousands upon thousands of rugs on the market. We haven’t even talked about the fact that most of us have budgets to consider as well (if not fully base our decisions around). With that in mind, we’re seeking to answer one of the top questions we get from readers: “Are Pottery Barn rugs really worth it?”

Of course, most big home decor purchases, including sofas and sectionals, dining tables, and coffee tables, aren’t all that easy to commit to sight unseen either, but that’s why we’re here. As your Personal Shopper, we’re visiting the showrooms and stores of your favorite home brands to put all the hard-to-online-shop-for items to the test, from sofas to — you guessed it — rugs. If it was on the store’s floor, it’s on our list. We went, saw, and stepped on every rug at a couple of Pottery Barn’s New York City locations, and now we’re reporting our honest opinions about them all. Without further ado, read on to find out which Pottery Barn rug is ideal for you.


Why Pottery Barn?

As one of the premier spots across the country to shop for home decor, Pottery Barn is a reliable retailer. It’s a brand that, overall, has demonstrated its capacity to stay on top of trends and remained true to its best-selling classics and Americana roots. Beyond this, Pottery Barn has its Design Crew, a team of interior design experts across the country, to help with all things planning, logistics, and aesthetics for the home. Not only can you take your pick from virtual, storefront, or in-home meetings with crew members, but they will also listen to your every desire when it comes to your dream space — whether it’s one room or your entire home — and develop custom renderings. Oh, and they’ll do it for free. Yep, free. No need to purchase anything, either (though, yes, you’re probably going to want to).

Lastly, Pottery Barn has an entire collection of high-performance rugs, which is noted by “Easy Care” in their names. Although this doesn’t mean they’re machine washable — all of the rugs below are recommended to be spot or professionally cleaned — it means the materials and weaves they’re made of are resistant to staining, wear, and tear. In short, blotting away stains is foolproof with the Easy Care rugs, making them great family- and pet-friendly options.

The Rugs

The range of rugs carried by Pottery Barn is not limited to this list. Visit the website for more options.

The Criteria

We judged every Pottery Barn rug we found in-store based on the following five criteria, giving each category an average rating between 1 and 5.

Keep in mind: We’ve focused our testing on the rugs’ visual and tangible elements, serving as your eyes and hands in-store rather than simply providing specifications that can be found online. Although we’ve supplemented our criteria with a few of these distinguishing details, such as materials (Is it easy to clean? Is it known to last?) and dimensions, we are primarily reporting which Pottery Barn rugs are worth it — for whom, where, and why — with interior design and lifestyle functionality as our priorities.

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In-Store Placement: Where was the rug positioned in Pottery Barn? Does the area get lots of foot traffic, like in the front or along major walkways? Is it in an area with low foot traffic, such as back corners or hanging up?

Aesthetic: What decor scheme or mood does it best suit? Does it have bold lines, patterns, or colors? Does it play nice with other decor elements or does it steal the show?

Feel: Is the surface soft to the touch? Or is it roughly textured?

Fluff Factor: What is the rug’s pile height? Is it tufted with long threads or otherwise voluminous? Is the rug flat or thin — in other words, tightly woven with minimal volume?

Versatility: Does it work indoors and outdoors? Can it be layered? Is it reversible? Does it come in a wide range of colors and sizes?

Keep in mind: The Pottery Barn rugs we tested in-store are spot-clean only. Those within the Easy Care high performance collection are, as the name suggests, more resilient to spot cleaning (thanks to their materials). Additionally, while many of the rugs have backings that are resistant to movement, none of the rugs are touted as non-slip. Pottery Barn recommends purchasing a rug pad separately.


Every Editor-Tested Rug at Pottery Barn

Best Antique Style: Julianne Hand-Tufted Rug

What impressed us: The eye-catching paisley print.

There’s no need to go digging through a flea market to find a rug as charming and unique as the Julianne. It has all the best qualities of an antique piece — old-world print, solid hand-tufted construction, weathered finish — without the questionable stains and smells. It was also one of the softest rugs we viewed, which you might not expect from such a flat, low pile floor covering. In essence, the Julianne rug leaves nothing to be desired.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • Viscose, cotton, wool and polyester
  • Recycled cotton fabric and synthetic latex backing
  • Available in 5 sizes and 1 color
  • Spot or professional clean

What impressed us: The bold colors.

Whether you’re looking to brighten up a low-energy room or add a statement piece in front of the fireplace, the Channing Persian-style rug is your best bet. Unlike a lot of the delicate prints that many Pottery Barn rugs sport, this one features a large-scale, hand-tufted motif that’s impossible to ignore. The rug is both medium pile and of medium softness; you might even find its fibers to feel a bit coarse until you break it in. We especially love the rich colors of the Channing rug for the fall and winter months.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% wool hand-tufted in India
  • Recycled cotton and synthetic latex backing
  • Available in 5 sizes and 2 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

Best for Living Rooms: Capitola Hand-Tufted Wool Rug

What Impressed Us: The artisan craftsmanship.

Created by a team of craftswomen represented by the “Made by Her” project, which teaches artisans new skills, the Capitola rug beautifully represents the hard work that went into it. This rug boasts a low-pile height and latex-coated underside, which make it a safer option in terms of reducing the risk of tripping. Including that it’s a statement piece, this rug is definitely our pick for living and sitting rooms. Get ready for the compliments.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% wool
  • Cotton canvas and latex backing
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 12 sizes and 6 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What Impressed Us: The subtle detailing.

The uniform fringe on the ends of the Jordie rug is complemented by the irregularities of the weave’s pattern and its multiple hues. It’s as neutral and rustic as the bulk of Pottery Barn’s rug collection but with subtle detailing that catches the eye and deserves to be placed where it’ll be seen. Its wide bouclé-style weave makes cleanup easy for your vacuum, all of which makes this rug our pick for dining rooms.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% polyester handwoven in India
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 4 sizes and 3 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What Impressed Us: The light reflectivity.

Available in an ivory color as well as a heather graphite and taupe, all colors of the Prism rug offer a subtle (but powerful) light reflectivity that brightens up a whole space rather than weighing it down. For rooms with bulky furniture, like bedrooms with headboards, side tables, and dressers, a little extra glow can make a huge difference in the way it feels to be in (or even look at) a space. Don’t let the polyester material throw you off — it’s a soft rug underfoot.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 50% polyester and 50% recycled polyester
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 4 sizes and 3 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

Best for Kitchens: Heather Chenille Jute Rug

What Impressed Us: The weather-resistant durability.

Jute and chenille are two materials with impressive resistance to the effects of temperature volatility and moisture, making the Heather rug ideal for use in the kitchen. Although it lacks a non-slip underside, it does have a synthetic latex backing with traction, is reversible, and is lightweight enough to shake out as needed — a necessity for kitchen rugs. Its wide weave makes vacuuming easy, as well, and its overall rustic design disguises imperfections or makes them part of the rug’s personality.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • Yarn-dyed chenille and jute handwoven in India
  • Cotton canvas and latex backing
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 7 sizes and 1 color
  • Spot or professional clean

What impressed us: The subtle dotted pattern.

The full Etta rug wasn’t on display at any of the Pottery Barn locations we visited, but we did view a swatch of it, which was just cozy as you’d imagine. This rug, along with the Nicolette and Reeva rugs (more on those later), is one of Pottery Barn’s newest accessories. Although the rug is plush and high pile, it’s not overly soft, which means it’s also not likely to shed or sustain serious wear and tear. We also appreciate its tightly woven edges and the fact that its fibers are 100-percent recycled. Although the rug is a simple ivory in color, we were taken with its inky dot print, a low-key but appealing element.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% recycled polyester
  • Rug pad recommended
  • 2 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 5 sizes and 1 color
  • Spot or professional clean

Best for High Traffic Areas: Haven Braided Jute Rug

What Impressed Us: The heavy-duty durability.

The Haven is unfazed by all the usual rug-ruining suspects, from shoes to pets, thanks to its strong braided jute weave and cotton and latex-coated backing. It’s designed to withstand all the activity that goes on in high traffic areas like hallways, entryways, and kitchens — wherever that zone is in your home. Use it as the bottom layer under other rugs to protect those exterior edges, which have higher foot traffic and tend to fall victim to uneven darkening over time.

Another Style for High Traffic Areas:

  • Ryland Handwoven Hemp Jute Rug: The jute and hemp blend of the Ryland rug makes it durable, flexible, and secure in its weave. When it comes to family members with paws that scratch and dig, this rug is resistant to pet wear and tear over time.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% braided jute
  • Recycled cotton and latex backing
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 6 sizes and 3 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

Best for Layering: Chunky Natural Wool/Jute Rug

What Impressed Us: The warmth and versatility.

While jute lends durability, the inclusion of wool in the Chunky Natural Wool/Jute rug‘s weave is a warm and welcoming element in terms of both the look and feel. It’s reversible, has a consistent pattern throughout, and is a blend of neutral tones, so it’s ideal for layering indoors. While soft enough to be a top layer, its texture allows it to hold fast to rugs as a bottom or middle layer and complement the details of rugs with bolder designs, allowing them to shine.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 60% jute and 40% wool bouclé weave
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 12 sizes and 6 colors
  • Available with or without a rug pad
  • Spot or professional clean

Best for Outdoor: Kian Indoor/Outdoor Rug

What Impressed Us: The versatility.

Ideal for those areas that have a lot of activity, the lightweight Kian rug works both indoors and out. It’s handwoven from recycled (single-use!) plastic fibers, so it has great traction and clings easily to concrete or other outdoor flooring. Because of the dimension given by the multiple hues and 4 inches of fringe on either end, it looks more like a stylish indoor rug than one that’s prepared to weather the outdoors. So, why not use it in areas that count as both, like patios and porches?

Other Styles for Outdoors:

  • Monterey Indoor/Outdoor Rug: Despite its flexibility and subtly textured surface, it is deceptively resistant to weather year-round, easy to wipe or rinse clean, and won’t be uncomfortable underneath bare feet. It looks as good as it feels, and you can feel good knowing it’ll last from season to season.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% recycled polyester from single-use plastic
  • 1/4-inch height
  • Available in 6 sizes and 4 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

Best Rustic Style: Reeva Handwoven Rug

What impressed us: The faded finish.

As we noted, the Reeva rug is one of Pottery Barn’s newest offerings. We viewed it in a subtle beige and light blue colorway. It also sports a faded, vintage-inspired finish, though these features fail to hide the rug’s intricate floral pattern. The rug is thin and low pile, but you might find its fibers to shed a bit at first. After a couple of passes with your vacuum, however, the Reeva will feel like it’s been in your home for years. 

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 52% wool and 48% viscose
  • Recycled cotton and synthetic latex backing
  • 1/4-inch height
  • Available in 12 sizes and 7 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What impressed us: The sturdy hand-knotted construction.

You might not think it, but Pottery Barn does carry one-of-a-kind pieces, and the Nicolette rug is a prime example. That’s because each one is handmade using a traditional hand-knotting technique, which takes up to four weeks to complete. This is even more impressive up close, as you can see all the tiny, individual knots that make up the rug’s beautiful geometric motif. The Nicolette comes in six vibrant colorways and is of medium softness. As a result, it’s versatile and durable enough to go in just about any area of the home.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% wool hand-knotted in India
  • Rug pad recommended
  • 1/2-inch height
  • Available in 12 sizes and 6 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What impressed us: The soft but dense fibers and striking floral motif.

Florals for spring might not be groundbreaking, but they are timeless. The Kennedy rug was easily the most striking floral rug we viewed, of which there were many. That could be because most of its stems and blossoms are clearly outlined, so they stand out regardless of whether you pick this piece up in charcoal or baby blue. Although the rug is dense and medium pile it is still quite thin, so you could confidently place it next to a door without fear of it snagging.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% wool
  • Recycled fabric and synthetic latex backing
  • Available in 4 sizes and 2 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What Impressed Us: The coziness.

A personal favorite of mine, the ultra-plush Chunky Knit Sweater rug is a dream for colder months. Although it still totally works for warmer weather, the warmth offered by the wool of this rug’s sweater-inspired weave makes it like your floor’s version of cozy flannel sheets, which are popular in winter. Its cotton canvas, latex backing, and overall thickness make it sturdy wherever you place it… and, of course, super comfortable underfoot.

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 70% wool and 30% jute handwoven in India
  • 1-inch height
  • Available in 10 sizes and 5 colors
  • Spot or professional clean

What Impressed Us: The plush feel.

Surprisingly soft for being made of polyester, the Microplush shag rug is another Easy Care option. That’s right — Pottery Barn decided to be the hero and make a shag rug that’s actually easy to vacuum and keep stain-free. Although its backing isn’t 100 percent non-slip, it does have a latex backing, making it a more durable and flexible rug overall. For kids’ rooms, it’s a no-brainer. Super cozy, clingy, and durable, it’s one that’ll get (and be able to withstand) playtime activities as well as napping and shedding pets. Oh, and did I mention how deliciously soft it is?

How We Rated It:

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Specifications:

  • 100% recycled polyester
  • Cotton canvas and latex backing
  • 1-inch height
  • Available in 10 sizes and 4 colors
  • Spot or professional clean