What Is Lobster Rope? A Guide to The Best Nautical Rope For Outdoor Mats

Written by: Karen Marsh


If you’re wondering about all the hype around Lobster Rope Doormats, also known as Nautical Rope Doormats, this guide was written for you!

Lobster rope is a strong weatherproof rope used to tether lobster traps in the sea.

Its strength and durability make it an excellent material for outdoor doormats.

But, not all lobster rope is made the same.

Some lobster rope is made only of polypropylene, which is a strong rope, but its softer hand and flexibility leaves room for improvement when it comes to longevity.

What Is Lobster Rope? A Guide to Nautical Rope

What Is Lobster Rope? A Guide to Nautical Rope

Wicked Good Doormats are woven from a special blend of polypropylene with polyethylene which creates a superior rope - it is stronger, keeps its shape better, and lasts for years. The Wicked Good lobster rope we produce for our outdoor mats is marine-grade, commercial rope that will outlast all the rest.

Designed to last despite extreme weather conditions and the roughest of waters, Wicked Good lobster rope makes exceptional material for outdoor items, like front door mats.

Engineered to sustain extreme oceanic weather, it is mildew & mold resistant, won't ever rot, and dries quickly. Keeping fishing lines intact is an important job, so this rope is built to last.

That's what makes it so great when woven into outdoor doormats - all Lobster Rope Doormats are ready for your sun, sand, snow, salt, and dirt.

Resists Mildew

Lobster Rope Doormats dry very quickly; the long-lasting rope is a superior material for front door mats that get a lot of traffic. Mildew & mold-resistant, these nautical outdoor doormats are breathable even in the worst weather and won't retain odors.

Retains Shape

Lobster Rope Doormats come in many sizes and colors resulting in a beautiful array of outdoor door mat choices to work with any decor. Plus, Lobster Rope Doormats will never shrink - each of our rope mats reforms its shape quickly if folded or stored.


Often twisted or braided, this nautical rope is heavyweight & extra strong so it's also used for towing, docking, or for heavy loads. This is why Lobster Rope Doormats weigh 7-10 lbs each.

Traps Dirt

The strength of our marine-grade nautical rope combined with the Lobster Rope Doormat's special weave catches dirt and sand like no other, but will not retain it. This means, when using this doormat for outdoors, it will never get heavy with dirt after long use. Simply lift this rope mat periodically and sweep away the sand and dirt it captured.

Easy to Clean

Nautical rope doormats are as easy to clean as rubber doormats. Simply shake it out or hose it down right at your door. You'll never need to use harsh chemicals or cleaners.

Added UV Protection

The new lobster rope used by The New England Trading Co. has been treated with UV protection against fading. Eventually all rope fades over long periods of time, but these outdoor doormats age beautifully while still retaining their appeal and strength.

What are the different types of Lobster Rope Doormats available?

Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats

Handwoven from the heaviest-weight fishing rope, each Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormat weighs 7-10 lbs. each. They come in over 30 different color combinations to suit any front door decor.

As with all lobster rope mats, our Wicked Good outdoor doormats are mildew, mold and weather resistant, plus have added UV protection.

Because our outdoor doormats last for years, they are a great choice for people who love to reduce waste. The typical homeowner will go through multiple outdoor doormats in the lifespan of one Lobster Rope Doormat.

FAQs about Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats

Are Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats suitable for all weather?

Our Lobster Rope Doormats are made of our exclusive weatherproof nautical rope that is fast-drying and does not break down in the rain, snow, and sun. Each of these outdoor mats are engineered to be the best all-weather doormat that lasts for years.

Can I use a Lobster Rope Doormat in every season?

Absolutely! Our heavy-duty Lobster Rope Doormats are designed to be used all summer, fall, winter and spring long.

How do Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats compare to coir and rubber front door mats?

Because these are made from synthetic material, Lobster Rope Doormats last so much longer than coir and other natural fiber welcome mats that shed and break down when constantly exposed to the elements.

While rubber doormats can take the wet weather, they can develop cracks in cold weather and get very hot when exposed to the sun. On the other hand, Lobster Rope Doormats will never rot and can get wet over and over again. These are designed to be the most reliable outdoor doormat all year round while keeping their shape and color.

How do Lobster Rope Doormats trap dirt?

They do not! Each Lobster Rope Doormat has a special “catch and release weave” that allows dirt to simply pass right through the mat. That’s why these outdoor doormats never get bogged down with dirt and are so easy to clean.

How do you clean a Lobster Rope Doormat?

Simply lift this outdoor mat and sweep away on occasion. Because it dries quickly, you can hose it down right at your door. It will never mold, mildew or grow slime beneath.

Why do people love Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats?

Because these are weatherproof, fast-drying, easy to clean, and last for years, Wicked Good Lobster Rope Doormats are designed to be the world’s best outdoor doormats. Investing in a quality heavy duty outdoor doormat reduces waste and saves you money over time.

Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats

True pieces of maritime history, these upcycled rope doormats are handwoven from used lobster rope that is still beautiful, strong, and functional. Today they are a great outlet for this used commercial rope that might otherwise stay in the ocean or move to landfills. 

These Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats are long-lasting, colorful, and each is one-of-a-kind. Handwoven from both scrap and recycled rope, these outdoor doormats are bright and colorful.

Wicked Good Lobster Rope Baskets

Our colorful Lobster Rope Baskets are handwoven from the same marine-grade polysteel rope used in our Wicked Good Doormats. These nautical rope baskets can serve as outdoor planters for flowers and houseplants, caddies (say goodbye to plastic boxes), magazine holders, shelf accents, and so much more (here are 25 customer-approved ways on how to use your own Lobster Rope Basket!)

Take a basket with you on picnics and to the beach, or use it for safekeeping boat keys. They make sturdy containers for your holiday gift baskets, too - the possibilities are endless. 

Resistant to water, mildew, and mold, you can use the Lobster Rope Baskets all year round, for many years to come. Mix and match colors and sizes - the results are absolutely gorgeous.

Need more Lobster Rope Doormat inspiration? Here's our complete Outdoor Doormat Buying Guide to help you find the perfect welcome mat for your front door.

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