Noticed (and admired) recently: the humble rope banister. UK outfit Stair Ropes makes "stair ropes, banister rope, and rope handrails and barriers, using traditional rope working and knotting techniques and a specialist knowledge or ropes and cordage." Stair Ropes works with clients in both the UK and the US; owner James Watson will spec individual projects and deliver all the necessary components.
Above: A simple rope handrail via Les Indiennes.
Above: Photo via the City Sage.
Above: A black painted stair with rope handrail.
Above: A wainscotted stairwell with rope handrail.
Above: A selection of fittings from Stair Ropes; both natural and synthetic fiber ropes are available (synthetic ropes are available in a wide range of colors).