How To Display Your Rug Like a Piece of Artwork
Art How To Hang A Rug On The Wall

How To Display Your Rug Like a Piece of Artwork

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October 13, 2023 at 8:19 PM PST
Art How To Hang A Rug On The Wall

How To Display Your Rug Like a Piece of Artwork

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October 13, 2023 at 8:19 PM PST

You don’t have to only hang artwork on your wall. If you have a gorgeous rug that’s too beautiful to put on the floor where it will be trampled upon, hang it up like it’s a piece of artwork. By hanging a rug on a wall, you can create a unique work of art in your home that you and your guests will love. If you have a souvenir rug that you’ve picked up on your travels, or an heirloom rug passed down from family members or even a rug that has just been sitting in your home unused, it can be used as a nice display of wall art.

There are many ways to hang a rug on the wall, but different methods work best depending on the size of the rug, the type of material on your wall, and where in your home you plan on hanging it. Before displaying your rug, though, you’ll want to make sure it’s professionally cleaned.

Here’s how to hang a rug on the wall.

Velcro Your Rug To the Wall

Use velcro to hang a rug on a wall. Pictured: Rugs

Using velcro to hang a rug on the wall is typically the preferred method, as most museums and art displays use this material. Velcro is an easy tool to use because you can hang a very heavy rug on the wall and it won’t fall or damage it. Velcro has two strips, one being the hook tape and the other being the loop tape.

Attaching the velcro to the rug is a fairly simple process. To start off, you’ll want to sew the loop tape to the back of your rug. If you consider your rug to be a high-value or priceless piece, it is recommended to use a strip of plain muslin or canvas fabric wider than the velcro to prevent any damage to your rug. Next, the velcro loop tape needs to be stitched to the muslin and then sew the muslin onto the rug. Hide the stitching pattern by using a color that’s as close as possible to your rug and guide the needle in between the rug fibers.

To attach your rug to the wall, use the hook tape and staple it onto a straight piece of wood that is the same length as the rug. Mount this piece of wood to the wall and attach the rug by connecting the two velcro strips. Make sure the wood you are using has been sealed and treated. Untreated wood should not come in contact with your rug or wall because you may run the risk of damage to either.

For large and heavy rugs, this same process can be used multiple times to help support the weight of the rug. Three or four strips of wood can be stacked vertically and velcro strips can be used around the perimeter of the rug.

Using Curtain Rods

Another method for hanging a rug on the wall is to utilize curtain rods. This option works best for heavier rugs because it distributes the weight of the rug evenly. Use a heavy cotton casing to hand-sew it onto the back of a rug at the top to form a tube where the curtain rod can be inserted. This will prevent the rod from damaging your high-quality rug. For antique or one-of-a-kind rugs, use the same method of attaching muslin to the rug under the casing. Anchor or mount your rod to the wall. Make sure that the rod you are using is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the rug. If you don’t want the rod to be visible, use one that is slightly shorter than the rug.

Command Strips and Tacks

Use strips, curtain rods, or clips to hang up a rug. Pictured: A Soft Gray Rug.

While these methods aren’t as much work as using rods or velcro, this should only be used with smaller rugs that aren’t as valuable. Perhaps if you want to hang up a small circle rug with a gallery of wall art in your home, command strips or tacks will do. This hack is especially easier for those who live in an apartment or are renting and are limited to what renovations they can do.

Use Clips To Hang Your Rug

Another easy way to hang a rug is to use clips. This method is perfect for those who don’t want to attach permanent loops or casings to their rugs. For this, you’ll need a set of rug clamps or clips with rings. Clip them evenly across the top of your rug and then slide the rings on a curtain rod. Use brackets to place the rod on the wall. This hack works better on smaller rugs since the weight of heavy rugs can become unevenly distributed over time.




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