Runner Rugs(81 items)
Welcome to the Runner Rug Collection at NOVICA.
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Rug pads are great because they prevent slippage, prolong wear, protect the floor underneath, and provide additional comfort and quiet. That being said, most of our rugs do not actually require a pad underneath. Many, like those from the Andes, crafted with sheep wool and cotton, are durable and sturdy enough to be placed directly on the floor. But for enhanced protection and longevity, a rug pad is always a welcome addition.
Area rugs are a design-friendly way to absorb sound and insulate a room. They are a wonderful way to reduce noise, as footsteps on a rug are more muted than on hardwood floors or tile, and they also dull ambient sounds. Additionally, they provide warmth and a general sense of well-being. Who doesnt love a good area rug!
Most area rugs are easy to maintain with a few simple steps. For small stains and spills, you can spot clean with warm, soapy water. Never rub the affected area, always blot! You should vacuum your rugs to remove dirt and debris. And to ensure that rugs wear evenly, it is recommended to place a pad beneath them, and rotate them regularly. As with most vibrant works of art, direct sunlight may dull the colors. For more substantive cleaning, it is recommended that you dry clean your area rug.
Were huge fans of eco-friendly everything! When it comes to area rugs, you can look for certain indicators that it is produced in a sustainable way that reduces our carbon footprint. Some artisans, like a handful of weavers from India, use recycled fabrics: cotton, rayon, and polyester. Others stress the use of natural dyes and ethically-sourced wool. (Wool is particularly celebrated for being recyclable, abundant, and naturally stain-resistant.)
Handmade, or footmade! Many of the weavers who produce area rugs use a pedal, or foot, loom. While they technically have the assistance of a machine--a treadle or handloom--its operation requires the dexterity, strength, coordination, and patience of the artisan. Additionally, most area rugs are finished by hand.
Traditional area rugs are mostly woven on looms. Treadle, or foot, looms make use of pedals to lift and lower the looms harness. This raises the threads of the warp, so that the weft can pass through the opening in the threads. This type of loom is common in the Andes, Central America, as well as Mexico, and traces back to Mayan weavers in the period after the Spanish arrived. Elsewhere, such as India, handlooms are still used. The designs are mapped out in advance, and it takes about four to five days to complete a dhurrie, or traditional Indian floor covering. While the work to craft each of these rugs may be labor intensive, the beauty of the finished product makes it well worth the wait.
While area rugs are handcrafted by artisans from all over the world, they share certain features in spite of their vastly different regions. From the Andes to Central America, Mexico to India, most artisans use some combination of sheep wool, cotton, and natural and industrial dyes. Some artisans, like those from India, may incorporate other materials, like jute, or recycled cotton, polyester, and rayon, into their works. Some of the Zapotec weavers in Mexico use dyes made from natural materials like walnut shell, cochineal, and flowers. With these materials, artisans create vibrant colors and authentic patterns, ideal for adding dimension and warmth to any home.
Featured Reviews on Runner Rugs
This is a lovely addition to our western motif.
It is very tightly woven, even pattern and very vivid colors. I am very happy with and it looks great.
Exactly What I Wanted
My girlfriend and I moved from New Jersey to Sedona 8 months ago. We are in the process of decorating in a manner that is southwestern without being cliche, without being cartoonish. We looked at Zapotec rugs in local stores. They were what we were looking for in the way of rugs. I was prepared to pay the high price they were asking, but we didnt find exactly what we wanted. Then I happened on Novica, had never heard of this site, and found exactly what I wanted, for much less money, and a lot more of that money going to the artisan. This piece by Gregorio Ruiz is simply superb!
Gorgeous Rug Evoking Memories of Oaxaca
This rug is amazing! The colors are very vibrant and the craftsmanship is top notch. I have been to Oaxaca many times, and Ms. Ruizs work is among the best I have seen. It looks fantastic in our home and gets many compliments.
Gregorio Ruiz Zapotec wool rugs
"I was born to weave, academia was definitely not for me! I remember skipping school with my friends to swim in the dams and pick guavas."
I like what I do, and I'm inspired by my surroundings and the culture here in Oaxaca. One of the challenges I face is to become independent, have my own designs and select my color schemes. And I want my art to reach people from other places and be recognized... read more
Popular Runner Rugs
Handmade Zapotec Rug (2.5x6.5), "Glowing Embers"$237.99
Glowing colors from natural dyes conjure the embers of a campfire in the sierra. This delightful rug by Gregorio Ruiz features intricate geometric designs. Masterfully woven by hand of soft virgin wool, it is a superb example of Zapotec weaving.
Because each rug is an individual work of art, the tones, motifs and order of colors may vary slightly according to the artisan's inspiration.
Titled "Líneas Multicolores" in Spanish.
Wool rug (2x5), "Earth in Balance"$219.99
Inspired by the Peruvian jungle's many shades, this rug is mesmerizing. Cerapio Vallejo's traditional artistry finds new expression: "I like to experiment and vary my production so they may suit new types of architecture and colors." For the (lines) series, Vallejo blends the weaving techniques first introduced by his Wari ancestors (600 – 1000 AD) with a contemporary allure in an admirable harmonization of past and present.
Titled "Líneas III" in Spanish.
Geometric Wool Area Rug (1.5x6), "Stars on Earth"$109.99
Stars descend from the sky to illuminate the fertile earth. Neatly woven by hand in virgin wool, the elegant motifs grace a traditional Mexican rug. Gregorio Ruiz Lopez works on the handloom to create designs his father taught him, this one named "Jaula de Estrellas" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 2 inches (5 cm).
Zapotec wool rug (1.5x6.5), "Four Diamonds"$179.99
Golden diamonds dance delightfully across a fiery red background. Gracing a handloomed rug, the intricate motifs allude to ancient Zapotec motifs. Alberto Ruiz and his wife weave a beautiful Zapotec rug of soft virgin wool. They name the design "Cuatro Diamantes" in Spanish.
Because each rug is individually woven, measurements could vary +/- 1 inch (3 cm).