I am becoming a rug expert. I don’t seem to be able to stop myself from buying rugs. I love how they can transform a room.
I was looking for a run for my kitchen. In my last house I had a rubber mat-type runner in front of the sink. I liked it because it was washable and I didn’t have to worry if it got dirty.
In my new house I was looking for the same benefits, but I wanted a rug. Being a research junkie I started looking for advice on the best type of rug for in front of a kitchen sink. That’s a messy area in my house. We cook a lot.
Cotton Rug Pros
1.) This is a biggie, they are really inexpensive for the most part. This isn’t the case for Annie Selkie. Her cotton rugs are drool-worthy, but they aren’t cheap. Most cotton rugs are inexpensive.
2.) Cotton rugs are washable. They can shrink, so I don’t recommend washing in hot water. I wash my kitchen rug almost every week.
3.) Cotton rugs are reversible. I shouldn’t admit to this, but when my rug is dirty I often turn it over until the other side looks dirty too.
Cotton Rug Cons
1.) They stain easily. If you can see into the future that there is a high likelihood that you will drop red wine or tomatoes, this might not be the right rug for you.
2.) They are very flat and can slide around easily, especially small ones. I’ve found that a very thick rug pad is a must for cotton rugs. I like these from Overstock. They can be almost as much as the rug, but they are worth it.
3.) They don’t always lie flat. I have noticed that putting a better rug pad under them helps with this problem.
Where to Buy Cotton Rugs
My favorite place to buy a cotton rug if I had no budget would be Annie Selke, without question. The rugs on this site are amazing. Prices range depending on size but for example an 8×10 rug that I love is $482.00. This price isn’t horrible, but for me it’s enough to agonize over potential spills.
When I have to factor in a budget, which is always for me, I like Overstock. I looked for a rug like the one I love on Annie Selke (navy Chevron) and the price for a nuLOOM cotton rug is $175. This is a price point where I’m more comfortable with the possibility that I might ruin it.
I like the brand nuLOOM because they are eco friendly.
I bought this cotton rug from Overstock for my kitchen. Here it is in my kitchen.
I love the way this rug looks BUT I feel it almost always looks dirty even right after I wash it. Bottom line, I’m going to replace it as soon as I can a replacement I like better.
Rules For Buying Cotton Rugs
Based on my experience with cotton rugs I recommend ALWAYS buy one with a lot of pattern. Don’t buy one with large white stripes! Pattern hides many sins, in any rug.
Be prepared to wash it frequently if the rug is placed in a high traffic area.
Don’t buy light colored rugs. The pale blue or blush rugs are so pretty looking when you first buy them, but they show dirt quickly. I stick with darker colors, even denim blue vs light blue makes a big difference.