What to have as a kitchen floor is a question that requires some serious thought. I grew up with rush matting which wasn’t very pleasant, but gave the dogs and cats something to chew on and in. When it became too rotten and filthy to form a cohesive whole it was replaced by stiff linoleum. I remember it well because I cut my foot on a jagged piece that had curled up from the chessboard pattern. As with a lot of kitchen-design issues, practicality is foremost.