stair runners - beyond sisal

In our near future, we are probably going to have to put a carpet runner on our stairs. Painted treads are just too slippery for little feet. I always thought I would put a sisal runner edged in black on them, kind of like in this picture... Living Etc

but recently I have seen some very interesting alternatives; everything from graphic patterned carpets to felt to patchwork kilims. Check out these stair runners....

A graphic David Hicks runner compliments the black and white photo gallery in this hallway. Eric Cohler Design via All The Best

More graphic patterns this time in green and black. Canadian House and Home. A grey flannel- like carpet is a simple and subdued solution. Living Etc.

Stripes galore! I kind of like this but maybe in black and white. Living Etc.A runner in a solid, bold colour makes a statement. The matching painted stripe is a nice touch. Canadian House and Home

Speaking of colour, how about this green. Living Etc.

Felt pads applied only to the tread is clean and contemporary. Living Etc.

Kilims patchworked together speaks to the bohemian in me! Commune design via Remodelista