Because kitchens are busy working spaces, rugs have to make standing comfortable while coping with spillages and heavy use. Darker rugs and patterns are great for hiding stains, while flatweave rugs and short piles are much easier to keep clean. The rug should also be stain resistant and easy to clean without the dye bleeding or the rug shrinking.
However, practicality does not limit the imagination because you still have endless design options and rugs with real character. Instead of remaining purely functional, a kitchen rug can enhance the décor and make the kitchen a relaxing place to cook.