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.
Persian rugs can justly be called the crème de la crème of all oriental rugs, and the same notion may be extended to runners, Tabriz runners in particular. These fabulous floor coverings, from one the biggest and most renowned weaving centers in the world, encompass all the qualities of classic Persian rugs. Tabriz runners are woven using the asymmetric knot, known as the Persian knot or the Senneh knot, which allows weavers to achieve exceptionally high knot density and therefore, incredibly complex and intricate designs. Tabriz runners comprise of traditional oriental patterns executed in accordance with old and refined weaving techniques which makes them not only pleasant to the eye and the hand but also extremely durable. Awe-inspiring Tabriz runners are high-quality textiles which will imbue any corridor, staircase, hallway or ample room with their ever-lasting beauty and timeless charm.