We love pretty much everything about Lisa and Alex's Montreal house tour, but the detail that's really remained with us is the way they covered their table in a woven rug. It's a warm, unexpected approach that sent us on a search for other out-of-the-ordinary ideas for tablecloths and runners...

As Lisa mentions in this post, using rugs on the table was common in early American homes. In her home, a worn but clean rug protects the tabletop from everyday use, while a regular tablecloth comes out for dinner parties.

Pretty much any type of textile can be repurposed as a table covering. We've seen Indian saris, curtains, and blankets used in lieu of traditional tablecloths.

For a table runner, try repurposing a scarf or using an unexpected material, like felt. We also like the idea of using decorative paper to dress up a party table, either as placemats or a runner. For more ideas, click here.

1 Lisa and Alex's Craftsman Loft
2 Saris on the Table
3 Saguaro Table Runner from Plait
4 Art and Chel's IKEA Curtain Placemats
5 Wool Felt Table Runner from FilzFelt

Photos: Regina Yunghans, Janel Laban, Plait, Art and Chel / Apartment Therapy Flickr Pool, FilzFelt