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Publication Date: 2014-03-25

Design Insights

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Rug

It’s not the first room that comes to mind when outfitting a home with rugs, but kitchen flooring shouldn’t be an afterthought. The possibilities are endless and the right choice adds charm, style, and warmth to the space. In most homes, the kitchen is the center of attention and one of the busiest rooms.


Durable natural materials such as hemp, nettle, or jute are a safe bet – especially in front of the sink or near the range. Spills and messes, when they happen, are easily vacuumed or rinsed away. They’re also easy to incorporate into any style of room, whether modern, eclectic, or traditional.

Using antique or vintage rugs in the kitchen is a trend that has caught on within the past year. They can be found in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles to fit any type of kitchen. Antiques are often woven using many different colors – it just takes a little bit of shopping and a good eye to find the right piece.

Authentic antique rugs were made when hand weaving was still the standard in carpet-making. Small repairs, fading, and color variation are normal in such pieces. Since they are hand woven, the quality and durability of antiques will surpass that of synthetic rugs.

Stripes and geometric patterns are ideal for modern kitchens. Clean lines and sleek finishes benefit from the simple texture that a rug adds. A two-toned runner is an easy way to incorporate a pattern without distracting from the room’s minimal aesthetic.

Chevrons, diamonds, hexagons, and trellis are subtle but classic patterns that work well as kitchen runners. Keep it low profile and low maintenance by choosing a flat weave material.


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