Do-It-Yourself: Hanging Rug Tapestries

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Do-It-Yourself: Hanging Rug Tapestries
Consider the weight of a rug tapestry when deciding how best to hang it. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Rug tapestries are often valuable investments and should be hung with care to preserve their beauty and value. The key to hanging a rug tapestry correctly is making it perfectly flat, as though it were lying on the floor. Not only will this give the tapestry its best visual display, but it will help prevent any damage from sagging. The best technique for hanging a rug tapestry depends on its weight and desired location. Frame it behind glass, or display it bare with invisible supports.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Picture frame with glass
  • Picture hanging hooks
  • 1x3 piece of lumber
  • Hook-and-eye tape
  • Heavy-duty staples
  • Nails or screws
  • Medium weight fabric
  • Wooden dowel

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Instructions

    Framed Hanging

  1. 1

    Hang a small, lightweight rug tapestry like a picture, in a frame with glass. Sandwich it between two sheets of glass, or place it on a board backing and cover it with a sheet of glass.

  2. 2

    If you're using a board backing, select a complementary-coloured paper for behind the tapestry.

  3. 3

    If you're using sandwiched glass, attach picture-frame hooks behind the top of the frame.

  4. 4

    Insert nails at a slight angle into the wall in the desired location to hang the tapestry.

    Tabbed Hanging

  1. 1

    Cut a strip of medium-weight fabric 3 inches wide and 2 inches longer than the top of the tapestry. Turn the outer edges in and hem the top and bottom of the fabric on a sewing machine.

  2. 2

    Cut several strips of fabric for tabs. Hem the sides of the tabs and sew them to top edge of the long fabric strip at even intervals. The heavier the rug, the more tabs it will require.

  3. 3

    Hand-stitch the long fabric strip to the top back of the tapestry rug, leaving room for a dowel.

  4. 4

    Insert the dowel into the pocket.

  5. 5

    Hang the tapestry rug on a curtain rod in the desired location.

    Hook-and-Eye Hanging

  1. 1

    Cut a strip of medium-weight fabric 2 inches longer than the top of your tapestry rug and 3 inches wide. Turn the ends in and machine-hem along top and bottom of the fabric strip.

  2. 2

    Sew a piece of hook-and-eye tape along the outside of the strip of fabric. Hand-stitch the fabric to the top back of the tapestry.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of 1x3 piece of lumber to the width of the tapestry. Staple the other side of the hook-and-eye tape to the piece of lumber.

  4. 4

    Screw or nail the wood in the desired location on the wall. For a heavy tapestry, screw into the wall studs.

  5. 5

    Attach rug to the wall by fitting together both sides of the hook-and-eye tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Hang rug tapestries away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.

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