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5 Ways to Hang an Oriental Rug – Without Damaging it!

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Here's your wall.

Bare white wall missing a hanging oriental rug

Bare. White. Boring. It looks a little lonely, doesn't it?

How can you fix it in a unique, special way? Painting is so old school! There are many interesting ways to decorate your walls, but what's the best? Hanging an oriental rug, of course!

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Hanging an oriental rug is a great way to display it, especially if it's antique and you want to preserve its life, like the green overdyed rug above! Or maybe you simply need to dress up your walls!

But hand-knotted rugs can be heavy... so how do you hang an oriental rug without damaging it or your walls?

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Before you hang your rug...

  • Decide whether you want your rug to hang freely or flush to the wall (this effects which method you will use).
  • When choosing your wall, also keep in mind the size of your rug!
  • Do not choose a wall that is in direct sunlight, as this exposure will damage the vegetable dies in your rug over time.
  • Don't use raw wood or un-coated metals (like nails) to hang your rug, over time, this will also damage your rug.
  • We recommend that you still clean your hanging rug every few months using a vacuum attachment. It can still get dusty on the wall!
  • Stay away from sticky adhesives!

Check out our step-by-step instructions with estimated time and cost for 5 different ways to hang an oriental rug!

Here are 5 Ways to Hang an Oriental Rug! 

1. Velcro

There seems to be a consensus among oriental rug experts that the Velcro method is the safest way to hang and preserve any oriental rug.

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To do the velcro method, you must hand-stitch velcro to the back of your rug.

We recommend a 2-inch thick strip for larger and heavier rugs. It may sound scary to stitch into your rug, but the stitching will be easily removable if you ever decide to put the rug back on the floor.

We recommend that you DO NOT use sticky-back velcro, as this will be hard to remove, and will most likely leave a sticky residue on the back of your rug.

Not only is this method safe, it creates a clean and professional look and the rug will be easy to move.  

Materials Needed:

Estimated Cost: $25 + drill and screws

Estimated Time: 2 hours

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Buy a few yards of 2-inch wide Velcro at a fabric or crafts store, or online.

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2. Purchase some unbleached muslin. This is what you will be attaching directly to your rug for protection!

3. Measure the width of your rug and cut the Velcro and muslin accordingly.

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4. Sew the "fuzzy" soft side of the Velcro to your muslin strip, and sew the muslin strip directly to the back of your rug with a whip stitch, preferably using a carpet thread that matches a color in your rug.

5. Cut a piece of flat, treated wood to be the width of your rug. The wood should measure [width of your rug] x 2.5 inches.

6. Use a staple gun to attach the "hooked" hard side of your Velcro to the piece of wood. Staple about every six inches or less to ensure a strong hold.

7. Mount the wood on your wall using a drill and screws.

8. Press your rug to the Velcro!  

2. Casing

The second most recommended method for hanging heavyweight oriental rugs is to stitch a casing on the back of your rug. The casing is a tube of fabric that will snugly hold a rod, which will hang from the wall.  

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This method requires a bit of extra work, but it is a very clean, safe way to hang any rug, EVEN HEAVY ONES!  

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Your rug will look professionally hung!  

 

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 Materials Needed:

  • Sturdy fabric, preferably heavy cotton, linen, or cotton twill
  • Carpet thread
  • Scissors
  • Rod
  • Wall anchor
  • Drill, screws

Estimated cost: $45 + drill and screws

Estimated time: 3 hours

INSTRUCTIONS:  

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1. Decide whether or not your want to be able to see the rod. In the image above, the rod will be invisible. If you do not want to see the rod, measure the width of your rug and subtract 4 inches from each side. If you do want to see the rod, measure the width of your rug and subtract 2 inches.

2. Measure the thickness of your rod. You will want your rod to fit snugly in the casing. The length of your fabric should be a few inches shorter than the length of your rug, and the width of your fabric should be [the thickness of your rod] +  3 inches.

3. After measuring your fabric, attach it directly to the top of the back of your rug. It is recommended that you try to get 2 warp threads in each stitch to get the best support.

4. Measure and prepare your wall for hanging the rod by measuring the width of your rug and where you want the rod to fall. Hang the rod anchors to the wall using a drill and screws.

6. Slide your rod through the casing on the rug and hang the rod on the wall.  

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3. Carpet Clamps / Rug Clips

Carpet clamps or rug clips are another popular way to display rugs on the wall, often used in museums and rug shops.

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The only issue with rug clamps is that the weight of the rug could be unevenly distributed, which can cause the shape to warp over time.

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Nevertheless, the clamp method is a classic approach to hanging a rug, which provides a professional look.  

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Materials Needed:
Estimated cost: $55 + drill and screws
Estimated time: 1 hour
INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Purchase a set of rug clamps and a rod

2. Attach the rod to the wall using the drill and screws

3. Space the clamps our evenly on your rug (measure if needed)

4. Hang it up!  

4. Layer on a Rod

This method doesn't make much sense for hanging big rugs, but if you have a few of small rugs, this is a surefire way to add interest to your wall!  

As the tutorial above shows, you simply hang your rugs using a rod and then layer them based on color and texture, giving you a beautiful, bohemian look!  

Materials Needed:
Estimated cost: Ranges depending on the cost of the rod, + drill and screws
Estimated time: 30 minutes
INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Simply follow the instructions or tutorial above!

5. Tackless Carpet Strips

You can buy tackless carpet strips online or at any home improvement store. They are usually used to secure carpeting on the floor, but can also be used to hang rugs on walls.

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This method requires that you hang the carpet strips on the wall, and attach your oriental rug to them. This method requires less work than the Velcro and Casing methods, and is a bit cheaper, but is also more risky. It may pull the fibers of your rug loose, damaging its integrity and beauty.

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Materials Needed:

Estimated Price: $5-10

Estimated Time: 1+ hours  

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INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. To protect your rug from the wood and nails, paint or seal the rug strip and let it dry completely.

2. Using a level to ensure the strip is completely straight, attach the strip to the wall using nails or screws.

3. Lift the rug and press it into the strip to attach it. For extra support, hammer nails into the corners.

Pro Tip: If you want the rug to hang flush to the wall, use the strips to create a frame and repeat the steps above for each section of the frame.

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There you have it!  Hang an oriental rug anywhere in your home with ease by choosing one of the best methods above. Remember to stay away from the methods that will damage your rug and don't be afraid to add some color and texture to your walls!   

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