Hotels sometimes have a design theme which ties them in to a specific colourway – budget hotels in particular tend to do this – and this can be very effective and is good for branding. Independent hotels, though, do rather rely on the tried and tested, not wanting to go far down the road of trendy design for the sake of it and so they do usually choose traditional design carpet runners. Runners are popular with householders too because they can be used in such a wide variety of ways, whether to tie the décor of several areas in a home together or to hide a worn carpet.
Hotels have the room for some long traditional runners
Although traditional runners are popular choices for houses, hotels can really show them off to their best advantage because they normally have much bigger rooms and longer corridors. One of the beauties of traditional runners is that there are several ‘repeats’ of the design so you really get the full benefit of what the craftsmen had in mind. Although there are a number of patterns laid down by tradition, many traditional rugs, whilst still having an essentially traditional look, have been modernised and adapted to meet not only modern tastes but also modern techniques which do not necessarily lend themselves to minute detail.
Spot the deliberate mistake
When all Persian rugs were knotted by hand, the weaver would usually add a deliberate mistake somewhere in the pattern, because only Allah is perfect. Although traditional rugs available at budget prices from Rug Zone nowadays are not hand knotted this tradition is still often followed by the designers and it can be fun looking for this mistake which can be obvious or sometimes very well hidden. If walking along a traditional runner in a hotel it may be best to not look too closely, in case you bump into someone on the same quest walking the other way, but if you find yourself sitting safely in a room with a traditional runner through it, it can give you an absorbing ten minutes. Not all traditional runners are Persian in influence, of course. Some are Chinese and yet others borrow from the Navajo tradition and have very bold colours, which look very elegant in the setting of a hotel, where they can be used to make a strong statement in a more spacious setting than most homes can provide.