Would You Put an Antique or Oriental Rug in Your Kitchen?

updated May 2, 2019
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When we posted this kitchen, there was quite a bit of discussion about having a formal, antique rug in the kitchen. Would it get ruined from batter mishaps? Could it be cleaned as easily as a washable rug? Is it weird to have something so old in a modern space? We think they’re a yes—and have seven inspiring examples.

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Our reasons for loving oriental rugs, oushaks, or kilims in a kitchen are that they don’t show dirt (too much pattern), they add beautiful texture and color to what can be a very plain, bland room, and they’re extremely durable. That last point is one that some people disagree with, but we think antique rugs are made for the long haul—and to be honest, they look good even when they’re worn in places.

What’s your opinion? Do you love the look of something saturated and old in a clean, bright kitchen? Or are these rugs too musty for your taste?

• 1. Paired with stainless steel, from High Gloss Magazine (page 56).
• 2. Red rug, red chairs! From House Beautiful (slide #29).
• 3. Architect Elizabeth Roberts’s home in Brooklyn, from Remodelista.
• 4. In a Paris kitchen, from Apartment Therapy.
• 5. Bright and bold dining area, from Design*Sponge.
• 6. A long runner, from Southern Accents, via Yossawat.
• 7. Yep, this one again. Sorry, I’m obsessed.

(Images: Dustin Peck; Victoria Pearson; Elizabeth Roberts; Kristin Hohenadel; Alissa Parker and Ryan Walker; Maresca & Associates; Patrick Cline)