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Add a unique runner to your home

We are happy to announce our partnership with New England Looms. If you are looking for an antique, one-of-a-kind rug or runner, take a look at their current offerings. These rugs are sold on a first come, first serve basis so act fast!



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What are Antique Rugs?

An antique rug is a rug that is valued for its age, craftsmanship, design, and historical significance. It is considered a valuable piece of art and is often sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.These rugs hold immense value as artifacts, reflecting the history, culture, and craftsmanship of their respective regions.

How are antique rugs different from modern rugs? 

Antique rugs often feature intricate and unique designs, influenced by the culture and artistic traditions of the region where they were created. Modern rugs may showcase a wide range of design styles, including traditional, contemporary, and abstract patterns. Also, Antique rugs are often handmade using traditional weaving techniques, showcasing the skill and artistry of the weavers from the past. Modern rugs can be handmade or machine-made, with varying levels of craftsmanship.

Can antique rugs be installed as stair runners? 

Yes. After you select your favorite antique rug style, our team can step into fabrication and customize it for a seamless install on your staircase.

Where are antique rugs sourced from? 

Antique rugs originate from various regions around the world, each known for its unique styles and techniques. Here are some common regions where many of these rug styles originate from:

  • Persia (Iran)
  • Turkey
  • India
  • Central Asia
  • Morocco

Our friends at NE Loom have mastered the craft of sourcing these beautiful antique rugs and are continuously collecting vintage styles from all over the world! They ensure that these rugs are authentic and meet the quality standards before they are made available for purchase.

Can antique rugs be installed as stair runners? 

Yes. After you select your favorite antique rug style, our team can step into fabrication and customize it for a seamless install on your staircase. However, be mindful of the material and weave style when selecting a vintage rug style. Given that stairs see a lot of foot traffic, you want to select a style that is durable enough.

You can always inquire directly with the pros at New England Loom or our project managers to identify a style that will serve best for your needs!

Where Can I purchase a Vintage rug for my stairs? 

Our partnership with New England Loom gives you access to a wide selection of stunning and elegant vintage rug styles for your stairs. Here are some way your can browse the collections:

Shop Online: 

New England Loom has plenty of vintage rug styles ready to be purchased directly on their website — You can view their live inventory and inquire about purchasing a rug for your stairs.

Visit New England Loom Storefront: 

Book an appointment to visit the New England Loom storefront to view their stylish vintage rug selection in person and receive a personalized shopping experience. The New England Loom Shop is located at 77 Main Street in Wenham, MA right off RT 1A.

Click here or below to schedule an appointment for a rug showing, order pick-up, or just to browse our in-store collection of rugs, kilim mules, pillows, artwork, custom furniture & more. Be sure to note the products you are interested in viewing when booking so they can make the most of your visit.  

Visit our Newton Gallery Showroom: 

You can make an appointment to check out our limited selection of vintage rug styles on display in our showroom.



  1. Pile: The upright loops or fibers that make up the surface of a carpet.
  2. Tufted: A type of carpet construction where the yarn is punched through a backing material and then secured with adhesive.
  3. Cut pile: A style of carpet where the loops are cut, resulting in a soft and dense surface.
  4. Loop pile: A carpet style where the loops are left uncut, creating a textured or patterned appearance.
  5. Berber: A type of loop pile carpet characterized by its dense, low-profile loops.
  6. Twist: The number of times the carpet fibers are twisted together per inch. Higher twist levels often indicate greater durability.
  7. Underlay/padding: A layer of material placed between the carpet and the floor to provide cushioning and support.
  8. Broadloom: Carpeting that is manufactured in large rolls and is typically installed wall-to-wall.
  9. Face weight: The weight of the carpet fibers per square yard, indicating the carpet’s density and durability.
  10. Stain resistance: A carpet’s ability to resist staining from spills and dirt.


Area Rugs:

  1. Pile height: The length of the carpet fibers from the backing to the top surface.
  2. Flatweave: A type of rug that has a flat, non-pile surface, often woven on a loom.
  3. Hand-knotted: A rug made by hand, where each individual knot is tied to the foundation.
  4. Oriental rug: A term often used to describe hand-knotted rugs originating from regions like Persia (Iran), Turkey, India, or China.
  5. Dhurrie: A flatweave rug made in India using traditional techniques.
  6. Fringe: The decorative, tasseled edge often found on the ends of a rug.
  7. Edging/Border: A design element that frames the central pattern or field of the rug. Can be customized with a narrow cotton binding, wide binding, leather binding, or serging. Rugs can also be customized with nail heads or you can make it unique with a double binding.
  8. Pile direction: The orientation of the carpet fibers in the rug, which can affect how the colors and patterns appear.


Antique Rugs:

  1. Age patina: The natural wear and aging that gives antique rugs their distinctive appearance and character.
  2. Natural dyes: Dyes derived from plant, animal, or mineral sources, which were commonly used in antique rug production.
  3. Abrash: Variations in color or shade within a rug, often resulting from differences in the dye lots or aging process.
  4. Medallion: A central, often symmetrical, design element found in many antique rugs.
  5. Field: The main area or background of a rug, often adorned with motifs, patterns, or a central medallion.
  6. Serapi: A style of antique Persian rug known for its bold geometric designs and vibrant color palettes.
  7. Heriz: A type of Persian rug from the Heriz region, characterized by a large central medallion and bold, angular motifs.
  8. Sarouk: A type of Persian rug known for its dense, floral designs and rich red or blue color palette.
  9. Tribal rugs: Rugs woven by nomadic or semi-nomadic tribal groups, often featuring geometric patterns and earthy colors.
  10. Restoration: The process of repairing or preserving an antique rug, which may involve reweaving damaged areas or stabilizing the foundation.


Stair Runners

  1. Stair runner: A narrow strip of carpet installed on stairs, typically covering the center portion of each step.
  2. Treads: The horizontal part of the stairs that you step on.
  3. Risers: The vertical part of the stairs between each tread.
  4. Binding: The process of finishing the edges of the carpet runner with a fabric or tape to prevent fraying.
  5. Serging: A type of binding where the edges of the carpet runner are sewn with a tight, overlock stitch for a neat and durable finish.
  6. Welting: A decorative binding technique that uses a cord or piping to accentuate the edges of the carpet runner.
  7. Nosing: The rounded edge or overhang at the front of each stair tread, often covered by the stair runner for a cohesive look.
  8. Gripper rods/rods or bars: Metal strips with sharp pins or teeth that are installed along the edges of the staircase to hold the stair runner in place.
  9. Landing: The flat platform or area at the top or bottom of a staircase, where the stair runner may transition or end.
  10. Mitered corners: A technique where the carpet runner is neatly folded and cut at a 45-degree angle to create a clean corner appearance.
  11. Padding/cushioning: A layer of cushioning material placed underneath the stair runner for added comfort and to reduce noise.
  12. Slip resistance: The ability of the stair runner to provide traction and minimize the risk of slipping on the stairs.
  13. Pattern match: Ensuring that the design or pattern of the stair runner aligns properly from one step to the next for a visually seamless look.
  14. Straight run: A staircase where all the steps are in a straight line without any turns or curves.
  15. Winder steps: Triangular-shaped steps used in curved or spiral staircases, requiring custom-fitting of the stair runner.
  16. Runner width: The width of the carpet strip used for the stair runner, typically narrower than the full width of the stairs.
  17. Overlock: A finishing stitch that wraps the edges of the carpet runner to prevent unraveling.
  18. Tackless installation: A method of securing the stair runner using adhesive-backed tackless strips, eliminating the need for gripper rods.
  19. Stair rods: Decorative metal rods or brackets that are installed across the width of the stair runner, adding a stylish accent and extra security.
  20. Curved stair runner: A stair runner designed to fit and follow the contours of a curved or spiral staircase.


Blue and white cheveron style fabricated and installed as a stair runner.

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