How to hang a rug for wall art

Updated April 17, 2017

A rug wall hanging can be a beautiful addition to any room. Often high-quality rugs can be delicate; hanging them improperly will cause damage that is difficult to repair. Properly hanging a rug will preserve and display its workmanship.

Lay your run on the floor facedown. Measure the width of the rug. You will size the Velcro according to this measurement.

Cut your Velcro to size. The strip that you attach to the rug should be slightly shorter than that rug's width. The portion of the Velcro that will be attached to the wall should be the same length as the Velcro on the rug. You should have one “female” strip and one “male” strip.

Size a piece of canvas to fit the back of the Velcro and sew the canvas to the back of each strip of Velcro with thick button thread.

Sew a strip of Velcro to the back of the rug about 1/4 of an inch below the border. Make sure the Velcro is straight, even if the rug’s edge is ragged. The straight Velcro will ensure that your rug hangs properly.

Mount the other strip of Velcro to the wall using nails. This should also be straight.

Attach the two strips of Velcro and step back to check the position of the rug on the wall.

Sew a casing that will fit your pole. Cut a five-inch-wide strip of heavy cotton or linen the length of the pole and fold it in half so the two long edges meet. Use a needle and heavy button thread to sew the long edges together. You may also choose to use a sewing machine.

Size the strip to the rug. The length of the casing should be slightly shorter than the width of the rug.

Hand-stitch the casing onto the back of the rug about 1/4 of an inch below the top edge. The casing should not be visible from the front of the rug. The casing should be straight along the back of the rug, even if the weaving is uneven. Two-warp thread should be used with each stitch, as this will make the casing sturdier.

Slide the metal pole into the casing. The pole should be longer than the casing, allowing a little bit to stick out on either end of the casing. The pole should be slightly shorter than the width of the rug so it is not visible when the rug is hung.

Place two nails into the wall on a straight line. Bend the nails up slightly, creating a hooklike effect. Hang the exposed ends of the pole on your improvised “hooks” and step back to take a look at your work.


Hangers specifically made for rugs and textiles are also available.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Canvas
  • Button thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Metal pole
  • 2 nails
  • Hammer
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Tiffany Ross is a writer and actress who has been working in Chicago since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and is completing her Master of Science in Oriental medicine. Ross is a world traveler with experience working overseas.