Tablecloths & Runners
Runners serve as the perfect tableware accessory for the table in your Jewish home. When looking for table linens, it is important to consider both table runners and tablecloths. The cloth is the initial layer to cover the table and can range from simple white to an elaborate design. The runner is the second layer to decorate your table and is usually narrow, only covering the middle portion of the tablecloth. The runner can serve as a Judaica item to decorate your room.
A tablecloth and a table runner add sophistication to a meal setting. Find a design that matches your Home Decor, whether it is the kitchen or dining room table. Sometimes the table runner and tablecloth may both feature simple designs and other times the runner is the simpler of the two. Try to coordinate the runner to the tablecloth.
Judaism is a religion of Jewish celebrations and festive occasions. Each Jewish Holiday is usually honored with a festive meal. The most frequent Jewish holiday is Shabbat, or the Sabbath, in which Jews rest on the seventh day of the week. A crucial part of Shabbat is partaking in three meals: Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday third meal. It is a Mitzvah to beautify the Shabbat during these meals by using beautiful tablecloths, runners, dishes, and serve ware for this holy day. A runner will add a new level of class to this meal.
World of Judaica is proud to offer runners, tablecloths, and other table accessories for the celebration of Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Find a Judaica runner which reads 'Shabbat ve Yom Tov' to honor this occasions. Search through the extensive selection of tableware, including linen tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, napkin rings, and more for your Shabbat table.
Find the perfect Judaica table linens and table accessories here. Buy them for yourself or give runners and tablecloths as a gift to family and friends for Hanukkah or any other occasion!
Runners are the pieces of art that bring an encouraging amount of extravagance to any formal dinner table. They are excellent for special occasions such as Jewish holidays or even Shabbat dinner. Besides this, table runners also represent the perfect way to decorate your dining room table throughout the week.
What are Runners?
Runners complete a table’s ensemble in the same way you might choose just the right scarf to match your shirt and jacket. Runners are made to complement a table’s outfit including the tablecloth and dining accessories.
However, table runners were not always considered additions for formality and decoration. Originally, runners were aids of medieval diners who were in the habit of wiping their hands and mouths on any table covering be it a tablecloth or runner, though tablecloths were considered rich and reserved for the wealthy. Runners provided a cheaper alternative that was also great for cleaning up mead spills and barbaric drools.
How to Use
Since modern runners are pieces of decoration and attractiveness, they must be chosen carefully to properly complement your table. The width of the runner should ideally measure 1/3 that of your table while it’s length is meant to be 12 inches greater than your table’s leaving 6 inches of runner to hang off both ends. The runner is placed in the middle of the dining table over the table cloth if one is present. Be sure to also choose a runner that matches your utensils for the ultimate artistic effect.
Runners can be made of nearly any kind of cloth from fine silk or satin to common cotton. But pay close attention to what material you’re getting! The materials of a runner often add unique visual qualities that can change the overall effect of how the runner might look on your tablecloth and with your dishes. A shiny silk may not be the best complement for your tablecloth and utensils so think over your choices of runners carefully to have maximum effect of enjoyment upon your guests.
Runners as Judaica
So how have runners come to be considered fine additions to the judaica market? This has been accomplished mostly through the efforts of judaica artists who have skillfully taken their breathtaking designs of Jewish tradition and culture and applied them to table runners. Israeli artist Yair Emanuel is one excellent example of such an artist.
Yair Emanuel is well known for his unique visuals displayed on all forms of judaica and he’s done a wonderful job of including runners in his designs. Yair Emanuel’s colorful runners famously include patterns commonly using images of pomegranates and with their stunning colors, they are sure to find a way to complement any dinner table arrangement.
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