Room size kitchen carpets can be successfully used on kitchen floors. Don’t believe me? Look closely.
Over the years I’ve seen a variety of kitchen carpets used on kitchen floors. Some of those have been woven cotton rag rugs like the ones I originally bought from Crate & Barrel for our apartment kitchen. They held up well and we used them for yars — until we wore them out. In our house, my kitchen is more traditional. Because I snagged some bargains at a great Oriental rug auction I currently have several kitchen carpets in my Yellow Eurosplash Kitchen — a runner from the utility room doorway, another in front of the sink and one in front of the refrigerator. Because those are all wool rugs — and wool let’s remember is animal hair — they clean up beautifully with warm water on a microfiber cloth. Based on my own experience I’m a big fan of serious kitchen carpets.
What I’ve never seen until now is room-size kitchen carpets. But prominent New York designers Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney carpet a kitchen like any other room! I would call these super serious kitchen carpets because they cover the entire floor. The contemporary gray, white and charcoal carpet [top] is stunning in this all-white kitchen with acres of marble used for tiled backsplashes, open shelving, kitchen counters and a custom marble farmsink. Essentially, the big kitchen carpet picks up the coloring in the tiles and brings it to the floor. Whatever argument can be made about practicality — or the lack of it — I must admit it’s stunning.
No less lovely is a rather amazing kitchen with a colorful room-size Oriental rug on the floor and equally brilliant La Cornue white enamel cabinets. Also in this kitchen is a fabulous red La Cornue range with matching hood. The red and white in the carpet coordinates beautifully with the range and the cabinets, of course. It’s an unusual look but I love the idea of raising the carpet-worthiness of a kitchen floor to new heights.
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