Conservatories and kitchens are typically the areas in the house where the floor is likely to be tile or even slate or stone. This flooring can be very cold underfoot and can even result in some quite serious condensation. Rugs with pile are not really that suitable in those kinds of conditions and in a kitchen can be downright dangerous, as they can be a serious trip hazard. Apart from the safety angle, piled rugs are hard to keep fresh and clean in kitchens and conservatories and so this is where flat weave rugs come into their own.
Flat weave rugs come in a wide variety of materials, from manmade completely washable or wipeable to Kilm rugs in natural fibres such as cotton, some of which will pop in the washing machine for a freshen up with no problem. If you like to support the environment, look out for flat weave rugs made from recycled materials. Some of these are made in communities where the rugs have become a major source of income and so by buying one you not only save on materials but also help a disadvantaged person to get themselves out of poverty. Some of the recycled rugs are great fun as you can still see the original materials, such as juice cartons or sacks which have contained flour or sugar. Others have been more thoroughly recycled and dyed so that they look more like ‘new’.
Flat weave rugs are very easy to keep clean on a daily basis because all they need is a shake out of the door or a few sweeps of the vacuum cleaner. Some flat weave rugs made from grasses or sisal need a little more specialist care; they shouldn’t be allowed to get too dry or they will crack and split, so you might need to spritz them occasionally with water, especially in the conservatory in hot weather. Grass flat weave rugs can be very attractive and are available in various colours and patterns, either achieved through weaving techniques or by dyeing the grass. These are particularly suitable for use in a conservatory, especially if you have rattan furniture and lots of plants in there, as they will echo the tropical look. In the kitchen it is probably more appropriate to have a manmade flatweave rug, because they are more amenable to the kind of deep cleaning that a kitchen floor needs.