This Best List-Winning $51 Washable Rug Is Perfect for High-Traffic Areas and Looks as Good as the Day I Got It

published Apr 18, 2023
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When I got my own place, rugs weren’t a priority unless it was to keep water off the bathroom and kitchen floors. As decor, they were an afterthought. I can’t tell you how long it was before I picked up a doormat. However, once I started incorporating rugs into my home decorating, there was no looking back. Instead of purely functional pieces, the bathroom and kitchens both got floor covering upgrades, and I added a dreamy shag rug to my office as well as a colorfully tropical rug under my dining table. However, there was still more floor available to zhuzh up. Namely, the hallway. I found my best runner option on Overstock in the form of SAFAVIEH’s machine-washable Tucson Korneliya Oriental Medallion Rug. It was such a big hit that the rug even won Best Runner on AT’s Best List for editor-tested washable rugs. In the time that I’ve had it, the rug has seen everything from dog paws to spilled drinks and bare feet, and it still hasn’t lost its shine.

The low-pile SAFAVIEH Tucson Medallion Rug comes in a mind-blowing 26 sizes that include round and rectangular styles. The runners alone are available in nine lengths from 6-22 feet, which means there’s no trouble finding one that’s fitting for small foyers or long hallways. The rug is made from polyester and has a non-slip backing that keeps it from sliding around on hard flooring. I found the backing to be effective on its own, but for good measure (and out of habit), I added rug grips to the corners for extra security. Since the rug nearly fills the span of our hallway, anyone coming out of a bedroom, guestroom, or bathroom steps over it. Add to that the numerous family and friends who’ve visited for cookouts and gatherings as the weather gets nicer, and it’s safe to assume the rug has been seeing a lot of foot traffic over the past couple of months. Even so, there’s been no shedding or tears. In fact, the rug looks just as good as it did when I first rolled it out, thanks to it being laundry-friendly.

Washing this chic medallion runner couldn’t be easier, and that’s a lot coming from me. On paper, washing rugs might sound burdensome — and in some cases, it is — but SAFAVIEH makes it a straightforward process. Using a delicate detergent, wash it cold on the gentle cycle, and then air dry the rug if you can. Line drying is recommended, but for those who can’t hang it somewhere to dry, tumble drying on low will also do the trick. We don’t have a clothesline, so I draped the damp runner over a patio table. When I came back to check on it roughly forty minutes later, the rug was dry and ready to go back to its spot on the floor. I didn’t have any issues fitting the 2’6” x 8’ runner into the washing machine, and from start to finish, it was so simple that I don’t know why we didn’t put a rug down in the hallway sooner! Aside from its style and texture, the best thing about these rugs is the price. You can often find them on sale, but even when they’re not, most of the runners are under $100. I’ve been wanting to try out a SAFAVIEH rug for a long time because of how fashionable and affordable they are, and I’m happy to say that my first experience with one was a huge success!