Many weaving centers have produced runners specifically for narrow spaces, adapting their age old designs to suit this specific format. Perhaps the most renowned weavers of antique carpet runners were the Bidjar tribe of Northern Iran whose sturdy weavings withstand the wear and tear of stair treads and busy passageways. Superb antique runner shave been produced in the city workshops of Tabriz and Kirman, as well as in rural communities of Northwest Persia, and villages of both the Caucasus and rural Anatolia. Antique carpet runners are often utilized as a complement or a contrast to adjacent rugs, or as the transition linking two separate rooms.
Kellehs, so-called gallery carpets, and long rugs are all considered to be wide runners - antique rugs and carpets of a particularly elongated format that have been produced in many weaving centers around the world. Many of the earliest classical carpets were woven in this kelleh format because of the restriction imposed by narrow width looms. Earlyminiatures of Safavid, Mughal and Chinese court scenes often depict narrow carpets flanking each side of a main carpet, with a dais carpet at the top creating the configuration of a stage with an audience in attendance. Unusual shaped antique wide runners were frequently commissioned to fit into particular spaces and may be found in many attractive styles and colorations.