Rugs can add vibrancy and enhance your kitchen’s overall architecture. You can place rugs and carpets at the entrance door, between the cabinets and the central island, or at the fore of the sink. They can naturally add color to a neutral-toned space. They also protect the expensive flooring from regular scratches and spills, reduce the noise of the utensils, and provide comfort during chores.
However, choosing a rug and carpet that aligns with your kitchen setup and cooking habits is important.
Types of Rugs and Carpets
The quality and relevance of the rugs and carpets can be determined by their material composition and weaving technique. Here’s a quick look at the various types of rugs for the kitchen.
Jute or Sisal Fiber
Usually derived from the jute or agave plant and some diverse natural grasses, jute or sisal rugs are sustainable and add a vintage tint simultaneously. They are known for their soothing touch, earthy palettes, and coarse textures. They are an exclusive choice for people who prefer adding a natural element to their kitchen. They are chemical-free and durable, making them an ideal choice for a family with kids.
The kitchen is one place that gets stained easily. Wool is naturally stain-resistant, making them ideal rugs for the kitchen. The wool fibers are coated with Lanolin and create a moisture barrier. So, even if something spills, the wool rug will absorb it quickly and can be cleaned easily. Preferably a darker color can be used so that the day to day movement doesn’t reflect easily on the carpet.
Cotton rugs have mostly been synonymous with dhurries, however, hand-knotted cotton rugs serve well for the tropical climate and add charm to a space. Cotton dhurries or flatweaves are soft, available in various colors and patterns – floral to geometric. Most relevantly, for the kitchen these are moisture absorbent, and easy to wash. Cotton rugs and carpets have proven their worth for ages, making them a family-friendly option for rugs for the kitchen.
This category predominantly includes Polyester Terephthalate (PET), Triexta Polyester (PTT), and Olefin fibers. Although a cost-effective option, these rugs have several drawbacks and must be kept away from the kitchen area primarily due to their highly inflammable nature. In addition, these rugs have a short life, thereby making them not sustainable and using harsh chemicals should normally be avoided in the cooking area.
Choosing the finest rug and carpet for your kitchen
There are a few other factors to consider along with the material while finalizing the perfect rug for the kitchen.
Size and placement: It is advisable to measure the size and shape of the area where rugs and carpets are to be placed. For kitchen tables and eating bars, 24 to 36 inches is the ideal size. Ensure that they are a little larger than the edge to enhance the beauty of a rug.
Safety: In the case of a full pile wool carpet, there is no need for rug pads as the base is thick and will not slip. However, if you choose flatweaves or kilims and have granite or tiled floor, rug pads are recommended.
Design and Shape: Select a design that aligns with the settings of the cabinets and island. Experiment with the colors and neutrality accordingly. Runners (rugs that are narrow and long) work best for such spaces as the area in most kitchens is limited.
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