Category Archives: natural fiber

Stair runner: is it right for you?

Many people who have hardwood floors with staircases at some point ask, do I need a stair runner?

For some, a stair runner is a solution to a practical problem. Many customers call to say they have a child that is starting to walk and they are worried they may fall on (or even down) the stairs. Others are concerned about slipping on the wood while going down the stairs or the noise caused by shoes when going up and down stairs.  For all of these concerns, a stair runner is a great solution. Yes, a stair runner is a great way to muffle the sounds and soften wood stairs.

For others, a stair runner is a solution to an aesthetic problem. Some people, just don’t like bare stairs. A stair runners only purpose can be that it warms up the space. Plain wood stairs can be cold and stark. A stair runner can be like eye candy in a living room, a focal point in a hallway and an attention-getter in the foyer.

Stair runners can be practical, fun, whimsical, sophisticated, brazen and beautiful. Schroeder makes custom stair runners. You want wool or nylon? Pink or blue? Flowers or stripes? We have it all AND anything is possible. Take a look at some of the past stair runners we have done for our wonderful clients. Each of these were custom made for the client and installed by our professional team. Enjoy!




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Most of the photos above were taken by Trent Lee Photography, some with an iPhone. Schroeder is located near downtown Austin just south of Barton Springs. Call us to make an appointment. Let us help you create a fabulous looking set of stairs!!



Traditional with a splash of color (and fun)!

We just finished a great photo shoot at a wonderful client’s house. She has an eye for style, color, patterns and more.

Here’s just a quick glimpse of the best of the best. More posts to follow soon!


This room features Stark Carpet’s Embroidery in green.




The bathroom feature’s Couristan’s Chesapeake in Nautical Blue.







This bedroom features Stark Carpet’s Beaton in blue and white.






The stair runner is a looped wool in a tiger print.


A sisal diamond hall runner from Stark.


Emma Gardner Area Rug: Flowers on Water

Below are photos from a recent photo shoot. This room features emma gardner design’s Flowers on Water. This beautiful area rug is 70% silk and 30% wool. It is handmade in Nepal and certified by Goodweave. Goodweave “is recognized for their progressive employment practices and has won numerous awards for excellence from the Nepalese government.” As you can see the flowers are in silk and create an ephemeral look.

emma gardner’s area rugs are a work for art. Her collection features many beautiful designs that range from modern to floral. She can also custom color and design an area rug for you and your space. What about your company’s logo or your dog portrait? Anything is possible. These area rugs are handmade in Nepal in either wool or silk, or both. Each rug is a specially made for you and typically takes 12 – 16 weeks.

If you would like to know more about how you can have an emma gardner area rug, call and make an appointment today.







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Nourison: Wool stair runner on a staircase

Schroeder recently finished a photo shoot of a beautiful stair runner we installed recently. The custom made stair runner is a Nourison cut-pile wool. This dense and beautiful material is prefect for a stair runner because it will hold up to heavy traffic and clean easily. Call and make an appointment with Schroeder today so that you can find out how you can have a beautiful stair runner just like this!







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Schroeder is a high-end flooring store located near downtown Austin. Call to make an appointment today! 512-462-1551



Celebrity Style Corner: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment was featured in a recent issue of Elle Decor. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the apartment has a little sparkle and a little shine – just what every girl wants!

Diaz’s living room features a beautiful grasscloth wallpaper that adds a soft and organic feeling to the room. Grasscloth is a natural fiber and is a great way to add texture to a room.


To emulate the grasscloth seen above, what about Schumacher’s Onna Sisal in Paprika or Phillip Jeffries’ Bermuda Hemp in Ecru?


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Phillip Jeffries’ Bermuda Hemp in Ecru


This beautiful kitchen features black hardwood floors. Black hardwood is a gorgeous and unexpected choice. The color is a neutral hue and will go well with many different styles whether it’s contemporary, modern or even traditional.




To get this look, try out the Royal Oak’s Collection in Black Tea or Kentwood’s Brushed Oak in Black Tusk. (The Black Tusk is extra fun because it was a hint of sparkle to it.)


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Kentwood’s Brushed Oak in Black Tusk


All of these beautiful products can be found at Schroeder located near downtown Austin. And if you don’t like any of this – that’s OK! We’ve got plenty of beautiful products that look nothing like any of this! Give us a call and make an appointment so that we can help you transform your room(s) into an oasis just for you!

Barton Creek West: natural oil hardwood floors for living and sitting room

This beautiful living room features Castle Combe‘s natural oil hardwood floors and a custom sisal area rug with navy blue binding.

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A Beautiful Home in Barton Creek West

Schroeder is excited to share with you photos from a recent photo shoot. There are so many photos we will be sharing them with you in the next few posts.

The photos below are our favorite ones from a beautiful home in Barton Creek West. It was designed by one our partner’s Jeanette Van Wicklen of Van Wicklen Design and built by one of our partners Frontera Builders.  The photos are by Trent Lee Photography.


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BOMAT Collection is Here!

Schroeder is very excited to introduce the BOMAT Collection to Austin and Central Texas. This Belgian line of beautiful and luxurious area rugs and carpet are like none of you have seen or felt.


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Aberdeen is made of 100% cotton. This handsome carpet can be installed wall-to-wall of made into a custom area rug. Because it is made of cotton, a natural fiber, it is ideal for use in the bathroom, perhaps as a rug near the vanity, or a mat for the tub or shower. Anything is possible!


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Ascot is a fun and silk like rug. With a soft texture and some wild colors, Ascot can be a serious or fun touch to a room.


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Bristol is a dense pile that is medium high. Made of 100% pure New Zealand wool, this carpet is a thick felt yarn with a fine twist. It can be installed wall-to-wall of made into a custom area rug, perfect for ANY room in yoru house. The natural wool fibers can be used around small children and pets because it is easy to clean (compared to some synthetic materials.)



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Cornboo is 100% bamboo and looks and feels like soft cloud. The rug was a slight sheen to it and comes in a variety of colors. Imagine a soft and luxurious rug like this underneath your feet! Bamboo is a hypo-allergenic material.



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Gems is a funky carpet made of polyester yarns. It is a handwoven long pile and is perfect for a contemporary interior in your home or office.



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Pucon is a fine short pile rug that has a great sheen look to it. The refined silky look can be made into custom are rugs.



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St. Andrews is a handwoven carpet made of pure wool. It offers a unique and extremely refined tweed look. This beautiful carpet can be made into a custom area rug for installed wall-to-wall.



All photos are from Bomat.

Schroeder is located near downtown Austin on South Lamar. We offer a variety of flooring options including carpet, hardwood, tile and more. We accept walk-ins though we suggest that you make an appointment so that we can give you the attention needed to help you with your design needs.

Inspiration: Blue and Cream

We love this space! We worked with interior designer Charlotte Carothers of Charlotte Carothers Interiors to provide this sumptuous and elegant sisal area rug for a house in central Austin. (Please see this earlier blog post to see more photos of the project.)

This photo, filled with elegant and rich hues of blue and cream, inspired us to look for more products in our showroom that evoke the feeling of calm beauty and rich design.



1) Photo by Trent Lee Photography, design by Charlotte Carothers, sisal area rug by Schroeder

2) This Millikan carpet reminded us of the blue drapes in the main photo. The broadloom carpet, available at Schroeder, is a 100% nylon tufted, pinpoint saxony. It has a Lifetime Soil and Stain warranty from Stainmaster . This beautiful carpet is prefect for any home including ones with small children and pets! This pattern would be fun in a master bedroom, a living room or even a dining room.

3) The rich, dark hardwood by Provenza is an excellent addition to any room in your house. “It consists of wire brushed, hand distressed and scraped, in combination with an innovative technique of smoking and carbonizing to create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your home.” (a)

4) The Rosecore light blue woven wilton brings a little bling into your home.This flat weave is made of wool and polyester and comes 15 feet wide, which means it can be installed wall-to-wall or made into a custom area rug. The polyester weave gives the carpet a little bling and allows for the carpet to be easily cleaned and cared for.

5) This photo does not give justice to the rich look and feel of the New Franco Belge linen flat weave seen above in color netural. This elegant flat weave give off a pearl-lustre look that is just too beautiful. We recommend that it be made into a custom are rug for your house or office. Because of the delicate nature of linen, it does require special care.


Schroeder is located near downtown Austin on South Lamar. We offer a variety of flooring options including carpet, hardwood, tile and more. We accept walk-ins though we suggest that you make an appointment so that we can give you the attention needed to help you with your design needs.

New Arrival: Neutral Flat Weaves

J.D. Staron’s Harcourt Collection has a new and beautiful set of flat weaves perfect for any room in the house. The neutral colors in Harcourt’s Mattise, Belize and Saroyan collection offers a variety of soft hues that create a calming atmosphere.

Mattise is a ribbed flat weave and 100% New Zealand Wool. It is 15′ wide and comes in 5 colors.

Belize is a flat weave and 100% linen. It is 15′ wide and comes in 6 colors.

Saroyan is a flat weave and 100% wool. It is 15′ wide and comes in 5 colors.





Schroeder is located near downtown Austin on South Lamar. We offer a variety of carpet brands including Tuftex, Fabrica, Kane, STARK, Helios and more. We accept walk-ins and appointments, but we highly suggest that you make an appointment with us so that we can give you 100% of our attention as we find the product(s) that best suits your needs.