Tone on Tone: I chose a wool sisal style staircase runner with very narrow binding. It's installed about 3 inches from the sides (and cut out around the newel post) in the Hollywood style, which is tailored and bespoke. The big area rug is the same, but with a different binding. Larger area rugs do wonders for small spaces!
Nordo-Celtic knot symbolizing the Drakkar longships paired with the central Icelandic Vegvisir ("sign post"), which is a type of late medieval bind-rune that was a magic sigil to prevent the bearer from getting "lost in the storm". The Vegvisir is often erroneously identified as a Viking-age rune.
Choosing the Right Binding Type The type of binding is usually selected based on the function of the document, the number of pages it contains and the printing budget. Strangely, esthetics are usually considered last in the decision-making, unless quality is a priority and budget is not a factor, or the binding itself is part of the conceptual design.
Original pinner sez: The twine spine binding of my junk/art journal. The beauty of this type of binding is that you can add, remove or move around your pages. They are not sewn signatures, merely slipped in between the twine binding. A complete tutorial for this can be found at DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog: http://decoart.com/mixedmediablog/project/323/creating_your_own_junk_art_journal