There is no debate whatsoever about how gorgeous oriental rugs or kilims look in a kitchen (or in any space, for that matter).
Every time I come across such an image, I delight in the beauty of the look but the practical voice in my head wonders if anyone actually cooks in that kitchen. Is the rug there everyday or just for the photoshoot?
It goes without saying that only very flat rugs are even in question here (no trip hazards) and they should be sourced cheaply (an expensive rug in a working kitchen wouldn’t be very clever, imo).
I’ll let the images do all the pretty talking in this debate and you are free to ignore my ramblings on mess and practicalities if you so wish.
Colin and I love to cook (I cook with intuition and Colin cooks like the scientist that he is – we are a perfect culinary team). Usually there is music playing which results in a bit of hip-wiggling as the flavours are thrown together in the heat. Sometimes there is even a glass of wine in our hands when we’re working on a simmering dish.
All this means that there is mess. Fun mess that is easily cleaned off hard surfaces, but mess that I wouldn’t want to see on a lovely rug.
When it comes to cleaning the kitchen floor/rug, dry crumbs are no problem, they can be swept or hoovered away easily. But what about a splotch of tamarind sauce or a smear of toasted sesame oil on a lovely kilim??
Some might say the stains would blend in with the pattern on the rug, but I would know the stain is there and it would bother me. A lot.
As much as I love the look of a kilim in a kitchen, I don’t want to spend any more time with marigolds and cleaning products than I currently do, and I don’t want to spoil my cooking fun with wariness about ruining a rug. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m messier than the rest of you.
Would you have a rug in your kitchen? (Please feel free to say yes so I know I have not ruined this for you!)
If you already have one, do let me know how you handle the practicalities.