Rug Runners for Bedsides, Hallways, Kitchens and Staircases
Don’t leave your bedside, hallway, kitchen and stairs bare!
A runner rug is the second most common shape of a rug, after the rectangular shape. Very long and narrow, the runner rug is ideal for hallways, stairways, and entrances. Also referred to as Corridor rugs, rug runners on average are between 2.5 feet to 3 feet wide and 6 feet to 20 feet long. The ratio (width/length) of a small runner rug could be (3/1), while the ratio for a larger rug runner can be (10/1) or more. When decorating a very large space, an older Persian rug runner may be the ideal solution as they are often wider than 3 feet.
Runner rugs are a wonderful addition to your bedroom, kitchen, and hallway. Area rug runners can make any location more tied together and serve a useful function. For example, staircases without a carpet runner can be boring. But hardwood stairs can also be cold and a risk hazard if the floors are slippery. Similarly, a kitchen can appear bare without a beautiful rug runner. A carpet runner in your kitchen and hallway can also help prevent slips and falls. Rug runners can transform an empty space and give you a warm feeling of satisfaction. Imagine waking up in the morning, and stepping onto a warm and stunning bedside runner. We offer a wide selection of modern and hand-knotted rug runners. Our hand-knotted selection includes Persian, Indian, Pakistani, Nepali rug runners, and more!
Decorating with Runner Rugs
It’s easy to decorate a living room, dining room, or bedroom. It becomes a real task when you want to decorate your long narrow hallway or staircase. That’s where an Oriental or Persian rug becomes handy.
A traditional Persian area rug will brighten up a narrow hallway. It will add color and life to a place where there is no life. In hallways particularly narrow hallways, it is almost impossible to place furniture or any other decorative item. Therefore, the main option is to pick a beautiful area rug.
A beautiful runner in a hallway doesn’t have to be exactly the same as the rug that you have in the adjacent living room or dining room. However, it is easier to match the colors, patterns, and motifs of your rug with an oriental rug more than any other piece of furniture. Choosing similar colors between your hallway runner and the rug sitting in your living room or family room will do the job.
When you place two Persian or oriental rugs next to each other you would be surprised to see how easily they can complement each other. It's as though they were intentionally made to be placed next to each other. Rug motifs and patterns are very helpful too. By focusing on similar patterns and motifs, you can easily harmonize the two different rugs.
There are many shared elements within hand-knotted rugs. Your hallway runner doesn’t have to be exactly the same as the rug weaved in your living room or your other adjacent rooms. You can place another type of oriental runner which has some of the colors that your Tabriz or Kashan rug has.
If your rug is one of those muted antique-looking rugs it is even easier to find a runner partner for them. The key, however, is that you don’t have to be looking for exact same runners as your rug. What is important is to bring uniformity and consistency into the home. This does not mean that exact same rugs wouldn’t work. As a matter of fact, many weavers do weave hand-knotted carpets complementary to one another.
Nowadays more and more rug-makers weave their rugs with the intention to sell. The chance of finding area rugs and runners that much has become easier. Particularly in countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, and India, the hand-knotted rug business is now more industry-oriented. Many weavers produce more than one rug of the same design for runners and area rugs so they complement each other.
Hallways and staircases are sometimes easier to decorate with a rug. Since you just have to match your rug with the wall paint, woodwork, or tiles of the floor covering and stairs and railings.
If the hallways are too long sometimes it becomes a real challenge to find a hand-knotted runner to fill the place. What you need to know is that, first of all, you do not have to cover the entire hallway from one end to another. There is also no particular standard as to how much of the wood should show from both ends. However, it should not look awkward. An open area of 1 to 2 feet is a good size to uncover for long hallways. Thus your runner could be up to 4 feet shorter than your hallway length. However, the ideal situation would be to leave as much space at two ends as on the sides of your runner.
It is important to have in mind that a veracity range of long runners does exist in the market and with a huge rug retailer such as Rugman with thousands of beautiful handmade runners available on the inventory, you can always get your most desired size and design for your hallway runners. However, if you cannot find the right size runner, the easiest way to place a beautiful hand-knotted runner on your hallway is to pick a slightly larger runner and have the Rugman customize it for your hallway often with little or no extra charge. On top of that if you have a little patience to wait for few months and a little extra budget we can even custom-make a brand new hand-knotted rug of any size you like with the colors and design of your preference.