Here's our key to the above photos:
• 1 This kitchen from Domino sure looks fabulous—we wish this were an outdoor rug. But really, sheepskin in the kitchen? It would barely last a week in ours.
• 2 Susan Bradley's Oscar outdoor rugs are made of sustainable, durable rubber (according to her site). We think they'd be a beautiful pop of color in a monochromatic kitchen (plus, they look like they'd be cushy under the feet). They're a new product, so you'll have to order directly through the company. They run about $250.
• 3 Dash & Albert's polypropylene rugs are so durable you can actually clean them with bleach. They come in many striped designs and colors; these are our favorites. Prices run from $34 for a 2'x3' to $495 for an 8.5'x11'.
• 4 For a more contemporary kitchen, chilewich "plynyl" mats come in stripes or solids, with a "shag" or looped weave. Either way, they're washable and quick to dry. Available at Unica Home, from $45 for a 28"x18" mat to $150 for a 60"x36" mat.
• 5 These polyurethane mats from the Koko Company come in tons of colors and patterns, from Persian-style traditional designs to leafy graphic prints. They're reversible, you can hose them down to clean them, and when they're worn out, you can actually recycle them. The "classic" 6'X4' mat is $52 on Koko's site. Or for SF readers, they're available locally at Flora Grubb Gardens.