Floor runners, sometimes referred to as carpet runners, provide a surface that is very smooth but firm enough to absorb shock and reduce friction. The first thing you need to know before you go out and purchase one is the type of runner you require. The best types are full-grain leather, full-grain suede, and nubuck. Nubuck is much softer than its two counterparts and also has a longer life. Both of these provide a very luxurious feel underfoot that is greatly enhanced by the anti-skid pads included.
Once you have decided upon your budget, you will begin searching for floor runners that suit your needs. Some of the options include ones made from full-grain leather and suede. They come in various colors, usually in black or white, but you can also purchase them in many different colored designs such as pink and yellow.