We recently remodeled our kitchen removing an unused closet in the entry foyer and made that into an entrance into our galley kitchen which made room for a small eating area suitable for a kitchen table.
We now have an island with a breakfast/buffet bar and although I'm not against adding a small round table, the wife wants to put a rug underneath it, which I'm wholeheartedly against!
My simple argument is this; what if some food-related stuff drips into that sponge on the floor, it's going to smell like hell in just a few hours and there's no way to clean it properly, not to mention the cats will make that thing their permanent home.
We never had enough counter space and although we now have more, plus the island, there still is no large expanse of counter top suitable to break down an unpeeled tenderloin or whole top sirloin! Having a 36" round table seems like a dream come true in this capacity but, without the rug.
Rugs do not belong in a kitchen in any capacity!
What say all you professionals.....