Because of the beauty of their intricate and symmetrical designs, Persian rugs are often displayed on walls. A Persian rug that hangs on a wall will also undergo less wear and tear than one that's on the floor. Because Persian rugs tend to be heavy, they must be hung securely and with care to preserve their fibres and value.
Mount a wood or metal bar along the wall, making sure it is not mounted at an angle. Check that the bar is mounted high enough so the rug won't touch the floor.
Sew at least several cloth sleeves right below the top on the backside of the Persian rug. Place the sleeves evenly to distribute the weight. Sew sleeves on each corner and in the middle.
Paint the wooden bar to prevent acid deterioration into the rug, and paint or varnish metal bars to prevent rust from getting on the rug. Mount your Persian rug by placing the sleeves around the bar.
Cut a wooden frame (or piece of plywood) the same size as the rug. Place the frame high enough so the rug won't reach the floor, and mount it on the wall.
Stretch out your Persian rug on the frame so it is centred. Make sure it is pulled tight, and flatten out all creases.
Attach the rug to the frame with heavy-duty tacks or staples, using tacks that are the same colour as the rug. Be aware staples might be visible, and it's not a good idea to hang a Persian rug for an extended period of time with staples, as its fibres will be strained by the rug's weight.
Sew 2-inch Velcro onto the back of the rug, with the soft part on the rug and the firmer part facing the wall. Sew two large strips down the middle and pieces on all four sides.
Attach the firm part of the Velcro to a wooden board with staples. You can also attach the Velcro with glue. Make sure the Velcro is attached to the board in a straight line.
Attach the rug to the wooden board, making sure it is centred. A big advantage of using Velcro is you can easily adjust the rug after pulling it off the board.
Be aware some Persian rugs are simply too heavy to hang on a wall.
Don't hang your rug where it will receive a lot of sunlight. Sunlight will fade the colours over time. Don't hang your rug with nails. Nails will eventually cause the fibre to rip. Don't hang your rug over a heater or vent.
Tips and warnings
- Be aware some Persian rugs are simply too heavy to hang on a wall.
- Don't hang your rug where it will receive a lot of sunlight. Sunlight will fade the colours over time. Don't hang your rug with nails. Nails will eventually cause the fibre to rip. Don't hang your rug over a heater or vent.