All bath mats are rugs but not all rugs are bath mats. You can plop a bath mat in your kitchen or even let it complement your bedroom decor — but you can't necessarily scoot a hand-knotted wool area rug up against your tub (unless you want it to wither away within weeks). The main reason: durability. The best bath mats get splashed to oblivion and make it out not only alive but also dry. Luckily, plenty of these portable carpets exist on the internet and can't wait to sop up your bathroom floor.
Funny enough the bath mat is surprisingly a great medium for creative expression. Blame their small size or a spike in maximalist home decor, but these mats can come in oblong shapes, vibrant colors, and abstract patterns galore. Many, however, do take it to the basic with fluffy, absorbent fabric, rectangular design, and simple colorways. To cover our bases, we corralled 16 bath mats and rugs of all colors, shapes, sizes, and fabrics ahead.
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