A close runner up is wool-sisal in the hallway and stairs. I've read somewhere that straight up sisal as a stair runner is bad news for dogs because they can catch their claws on it. Wool sisal looks like sisal, but feels more like wool. I'd imagine it would be a lot easier to clean also.
If we go this route I'd want to add a border and have the runner installed a few inches away from the walls.
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I could also be persuaded to go with some herringbone action. I love me a good herringbone. This one that Sherry Hart did for a client.. Again, no wall-to-wall here and it has a nice contrast border.
If all else fails, this diamond textured rug from the Home Depot would be a good compromise.
Has anyone used it?