The perfect table runner adds a bit of style and balance to a well-set dinner table. Typically placed lengthwise in the table’s center, the right table runner can help set the tone for the celebration—and protect the tablecloth underneath.
In fact, table runners date back to the 15th century when they were dreamed up by servants to protect tablecloths when royal feasts got out of hand. (Laundering a table linen was no small chore in the 1400s.) Napkins, in addition, came along soon afterward to discourage diners from using their tablecloth to wipe their mouths.
So honor an important era of history by picking out a few table runners for your home table. Then you can safely raise a toast to celebrate your table’s style.