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By Greg Garner
How many times have you stood in your kitchen and wished you could get off your feet for a few minutes. A good kitchen stool comes in handy in just such a moment as this, however, sitting is not usually an option that you can take advantage of for long when you have hours worth of cooking and cleaning to do. We all love holidays but the cooking involved can kill your feet. This is why a good kitchen rug is so very important. If you have a good rug with a thick rubber no-slip pad underneath your feet will thank you at the end of the day.
Kitchen rugs add
One of the most challenging places to decorate in your home is the kitchen. Most of us remember our Grandparents kitchen when we were children growing up. Grandmother’s kitchen was always a place of wonder and warm delicious memories as well. The wagon wheel on the wall next to the humongous wooden fork and spoon, the checkerboard tablecloth and the old-fashioned Formica table are just a few of the things that are indelibly etched in our minds. Grandma, as well as my mother, always had a thick piece of carpet or rug right in front of the sink.
My Barnyard Braided Rug
I used to think that my Grandma’s kitchen and that old rug was the most wonderful place in the world. Today, my kitchen, with the granite counters and modern appliances is the most wonderful place in the world. I also have a nice thick rug right in front of the sink. It is a beautiful hand made braided rug with a half-inch of rubber pad underneath. A wonderful barnyard scene with chickens, a rooster and a cow all standing in front of a big red barn adorn the rug. It matches my curtains and the general theme of my kitchen, which is focused around you guess it, a red and white checkerboard tablecloth.
No Lying Down On The Job
The rug adds a degree of safety to my kitchen as well. It is important to keep water from standing on the cork floor, which is another blessing. Water on cork is a bad combination but the rug has that covered. The mat has a non-slip surface that does not slide around on any kind of flooring. I have another rug with less backing in front of the kitchen door that leads to the backyard. This prevents anyone tracking mud on my floor and keeps the rain and snow where they belong, outside the house.
Building Aromatic Memories
The real reason I treasure my barnyard braided rug is the cushion. As a homemaker with a huge family, I will very often spend hours on end standing in the kitchen making meals. It is important to me that my children remember the smell of pies baking in the oven and cookies warming on the countertop. On thanksgiving, we may spend eight or ten hours in the kitchen working lovingly over what I hope my children will remember as the best Thanksgiving meals they have ever had. That soft rug is a lifesaver. Being able to stand on its soft cushion of rubber is what enables me to stay in there and cook those wonderful meals.
My Favorite Rug
To a mother or father who loves to cook and cares about family, the kitchen rug is the most important rug in the house. In the living room, we have a Berber rug that is made from fibers from Africa and costs almost as much as my car. It is an amazing rug to look at but after a few hours of standing on the kitchen floor, I would not trade it for my kitchen rug in a million years.
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