Like everything else in a kitchen or dining room, when you are refurbishing or changing things up a bit, it takes time to find the ideal furnishings and that includes a rug if you are considering adding one, maybe under the table.
It took me absolutely ages to be honest to find the right style, colour and fit so thought it would definitely be a good idea to write a post in case anyone’s ever in the same boat.
I knew I wanted something with a Moroccan or Turkish kind of vibe and it needed some reds and warner tones to balance with the blue units. Also, I had a favourite company in mind who I have worked with before and both Andy and I really champion their rugs. But, would this vision in my head all come together in reality ?
Oh, yeah ! It certainly wasn’t the last thing to choose on my mind when it came to the kitchen, but because I hadn’t chosen a table it had to wait to make sure it fitted etc.
You may remember some time ago, I wrote about Finding the Ideal Rug which included our Jacob’s Creak rug from Louis De Poortere’s Mad Men range. Well, I found another beauty on their website amongst their Antiquarian Ushak Collection could not have worked better and leads me to my first tip which is:
I’m always going on about creating a cohesive environment but only because I really recommend it. In our home you can see the kitchen from the living room and vice versa. So, very much I’d recommend thinking of the flow of throughout your rooms to keep it all easy on the eyes aesthetically . With these two rugs they have a similar style being flat-woven and a subtle and vintage looking pattern which I think Louis De Poortere do so brilliantly. So, from one room to the next it gives a sense of continuity.
Flatweave or Pile ?
Well, I’d say this depends on several things. But a fluffy rug is a no no really. Not only because food can be dropped and lost ( unless you have a dog that hoovers anything and everything ) but pulling chairs back and forth could potentially cause some trip ups which you won’t.. A flatweave will be nice and much more low maintenance.
Also if you can get one with an anti slip backing like this rug then that’s good otherewise you might need to add that on yourself.
Shape and Size.
The rug will need to be substantially bigger than the table because bearing in mind the chairs or stools too plus you want ideally for them to still be sitting on it comfortably when pulled out. So aim for around 60 cm longer and wider each side, than the table set.
The shape of the rug tends to work best when you emulate the room. So rectangular = rectangular and so on. This isn’t something set in stone so you can play around with it but I’ve found it suits me.
You might have bought the rug first in which case it will be your inspiration for the rest of your colour palette, but if the other way around, then pick out a strong colour in the rug, even if it’s a small amount, that will match your chosen main hue. You can see here there are elements of teal that match the cabinet.
Equally as I was saying earlier, I also required some more autumnal tones so this rug was just right in every way.
Obviously, something that can disguise the odd mark is essential. A light shade won’t stand the test of time like a darker or patterned one.
An easy clean rug is obviously the best option but it depends on who is using the dining area and how often. If there will be young children using the area and potentially throwing their spag bol around or you have pets frequenting then it’s definitely your best option. However, if this isn’t an issue then you have a bit more scope.
With our Louis De Poortere rug, I hoover it regularly and they recommend ‘ James Water ‘ if it ever needs a slightly deeper clean.
Hope you like our new rug too ? The name Ushak derives from the Turkish tribe of the same name who used their designs in mosques and churches generally. Louis De Poortere have gone for a similar faded look which I love.
If you’d like to check out their huge collection of great rugs then you can find them here.