Persian rugs, also known as oriental rugs, are bringing global style to kitchens everywhere. Learn the benefits of a Persian runner in your kitchen, how to clean them, and where to buy Persian rugs for less than $50.

By Hannah Bruneman
December 20, 2018
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12/19/2018 — Trend alert: If you haven’t already noticed, Persian rugs (also referred to as oriental rugs) are making a big splash in the kitchen scene. You know the ones—highly ornate, colorful, and often distressed rugs that have been around for years.

Lately, Persian runners are gracing the floors of kitchens, and we can’t get enough of it. The statement rugs have so much personality and color that pops in all-white kitchens. They’re easy to fit into your existing decor, durable, and timeless. Learn more about the latest kitchen decorating trend—we won't blame you if you go looking for a Persian runner of your own.


Benefits of Persian Rugs in the Kitchen

Some naysayers might claim Persian rugs are impractical because of spills and messes that occur in the kitchen. However, most Persian or oriental rugs are made of wool—a material that is widely known for being stain resistant. Plus, if a few drops of olive oil seep into the threads, they’ll be well camouflaged in the ornate design. If the same happened on a solid-colored rug, they’d stick out like a sore thumb. See below for more tips on cleaning Persian rugs. And if your family is especially prone to kitchen accidents, you can find a Persian-style outdoor rug, which will stand up to tough stains and natural wear.

In addition to adding warmth underfoot, oriental rugs are the statement piece you need to add a punch of personality to your kitchen. They’re colorful, unique, and there are so many to choose from, making it easy to fit with most design styles.  An oriental runner placed along your sink or range area will create a warm place for your feet to land so you’re comfortable while chopping and sautéing.

kitchen with oriental rug and open shelving

How to Clean Persian Rugs

Follow these cleaning tips for wool Persian rugs only. Check your rug’s label for cleaning instructions specific to the material. Rugs that require dry cleaning may not be colorfast.

  1. Vacuum: You can expect to find crumbs more often on a kitchen rug. Vacuum several times a week as needed to keep your rug clear of any dust or food particles. (If your runner is small, you could even fold it and shake it outside.)
  2. Spot clean: If a spill occurs, it’s best to act quickly. Use a neutral cloth to blot the affected area—do not rub, which will push the liquid further into the rug. Use cold water while continuing to blot the stain away. Use club soda to clean up rug stains like wine or beverage spills and baking soda to soak up liquid foods like gravy or sauces.
  3. Professionally clean: To keep your kitchen rug in its best shape, have it professionally cleaned once a year. They will know what to do to ensure the colors don’t bleed.
  4. Rotate: It is also important to rotate your rug over time. The kitchen is a high-traffic area, so the rug will show wear quickly in front of the kitchen or range. You should also rotate it to keep it out of direct sunlight, which could cause the colors to fade.

Where to Find Persian Rugs

Persian rugs are widely available and at many different price points. If you’re looking for something truly authentic, head to your local vintage or resale shop. Antique stores are often filled with oriental rugs, you just have to know where to look. Check the displays—many of the rugs on the floor will actually be for sale.

You can also check with older family members to see if they have oriental rugs they are willing to part with. Not only is this a financial win, but it will add some nostalgic charm to your kitchen.

If you strike out while antiquing, almost every home retailer carries Persian rugs and runners. These are great for finding a good deal, and they’ll likely be more durable and less fragile than a decades-old rug. Plus, most come with distressed fabric, so you can always tell guests you got a steal at a flea market and they’ll never know the difference.


$50 or Less Persian Rug Runners

Persian and oriental rugs can have steep price tags. Luckily, we've rounded up a few options for kitchen runners that are less than $50 each.

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1. Blue Persian Runner

A navy blue runner is a great choice for a kitchen with white cabinets. The bright white will make the blue stand out even more. This oriental runner comes in lengths varying from six feet to 22 feet, so it’ll fit almost any space you need to fill!

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2. Beige Persian Runner

A cream-colored Persian rug looks great on dark hardwood floors. However, we don’t recommend a light color if you have small children or pets—it will be harder to camouflage stains!

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3. Red Oriental Runner

A red-orange Persian rug will inspire you to cook with the flavors of the world. This one also has hints of blue and gold, so you can use it to pull out accent colors in your kitchen. A 6-foot rug for less than $50 is a steal!

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4. Pink and Blue Oriental Runner

This Persian rug reminds us of all the fun of cooking for family and friends. The bright blue and hot pink are such energizing colors that you can’t help but smile when you look at it. The distressed look will fool your guests into thinking it’s an antique.

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5. Gray Persian Runner

If you’re looking for a Persian kitchen runner, but want to keep it subtle, go for gray. This silver and black runner is huge at 8-feet long but pairs perfectly with a sleek, modern kitchen.

Comments (1)

January 17, 2019
I purchased a nice 25' runner from Blue and grey for 125.00