Style your Kitchen with a Flat Woven Rug

The kitchen is a room where many families tend to congregate and it is much more welcoming if you have a rug to break up what can be quite a large expanse of empty floor. Also, if you spend a lot of time standing at a work surface while engaged in food preparation, a hard floor can be very hard on the feet. Our grandmothers often had rag rugs in the kitchen and whilst it warmed up the cold tiles a bit, it soon got rather grotty with dropped food and similar kitchen disasters. Nowadays we are a little more aware of health and hygiene and so we want our rugs to be colourful and cheerful but also practical and easy to keep clean.

Most rugs are made by knotting the fibres onto a backing and then cutting or carving the pile. A flat weave rug has more in common with a piece of fabric than a rug as it has no knots and consequently no pile for bits to get trapped in. Because of their construction, flat weave rugs are usually quite heavy for their size and also tend to lie very flat to the floor, because they are soft and flexible. They can be made of any material, but a common and rather elegant choice for a kitchen is a natural fabric like raffia or palm. These natural fibres wear and age very attractively and they can be easily cleaned on a daily basis with just a quick vacuuming or for heavier soiling they can be sponged.

A flat weave rug is very suitable for the kitchen on safety grounds as well as looking great. Trip hazards in kitchens are really dangerous as they often involve hot liquids or pans and so a rug that really hugs the floor is essential. Because of the way flat weave rugs are made, they don’t tend to wrinkle or curl at the edges and their low profile means they are almost impossible to trip over. If they do tend to creep, there are sprays on the market to prevent that but most of them are naturally non-slip. This is particularly the case with some of the man-made materials, though the rougher grasses also have this natural property.

Flat weave rugs are at home anywhere, from hall to conservatory, bathroom to playroom but most people agree that their natural habitat is definitely the kitchen, where they bring hard wearing warmth and just that bit of luxury to a busy room.