Stair runners have made a comeback and also become much more user friendly and easy to clean than they used to be. Thankfully, they no longer need taking up every few weeks to be beaten clean outside, for example.
Neither do the stair rods need polishing nowadays.
What has not changed, of course, is that a stair runner is a stylish addition to your staircase and hall, creating a unique, impressive entrance to your home.
A stair runner is also safer, however, giving you a better grip underfoot and helping to avoid slipping or falling on the stairs.
In addition, a stair runner will help reduce noise in the stairwell, which is particularly pleasant if your house has hard floors and smooth walls.
Not to mention the fact that a runner with underlay is obviously much more comfortable to walk on.