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

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It looks a little lonely, doesn't it?

But how can you fix it in a unique, special way? There are many interesting ways to decorate your walls, but the best by far? ...you can hang an oriental rug!

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Hanging an oriental rug is a great way to display it, if it's an antique and you want to preserve its life, like the green overdyed rug above! or if 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?

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Before You Hang your Rug...

  • Decide whether you want your rug to hang freely or flush to the wall, as this will effect which method you 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!

Here are 5 Ways to Hang an Oriental Rug! 

1. Velcro

There seems to be a consensus among 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:

  • 2-inch wide velcro, by the yard 
  • Unbleached muslin fabric 
  • Carpet thread + Needle Scissors 
  • 2.5-inch wide piece of flat wood 
  • Staple gun Drill, screws, stud-finder (optional)   

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

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2. Also 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.


4. Sew the "fuzzy" 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" 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. and press your rug to the Velcro!   Estimated Cost: $25 + drill and screws

Estimated Time: 2+ hours

2. Casing

The second most recommended method for heavyweight 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, and the rod will hand from the wall.  

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Even though, like the Velcro method, this method requires a bit of extra work, It is a very clean and safe way to hang any rug, EVEN HEAVY ONES!  

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Your rug will look professionally hung!  

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INSTRUCTIONS:  Materials: Sturdy fabric, preferably heavy cotton, linen, or cotton twill

Carpet thread Scissors Rod and wall anchor Drill + screws. 

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First, decide whether or not your want to be able to see the rod. In the image above, the rod will be invisible.

2. If you do not want to be able to see the rod, measure the width of your rug and subtract about 4 inches from each side. If you do want to see the rod, measure the width of your rug and subtract about 2 inches.

3. 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.

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

5. 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.  

Estimated cost: $15 + drill and screws

Estimated time: 3+ hours

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3. Carpet Clamps

Carpet clamps 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 may 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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Simply buy a set of rug clamps, attach a rod to the wall, space out the clamps evenly on the rug, and hang it up!  
Estimated cost: $30 + drill and screws Estimated time: 1+ hours.

4. Layer on a Rod

This method doesn't make much sense for hanging big rugs, but if you have a bunch 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 some kind of rod and thenlayer them based on color and texture, giving you a beautiful, bohemian look!  

Estimated cost: depends on how fancy you go with the rod! (+ drill and screws).

Estimated time: 30+ minutes.

5. Tackless Carpet Strips

You can buy tackless carpet strips 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 is also more risky. It may pull the fibers of your rug loose, damaging its integrity.

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  • Tackless rug strips
  • Nails 
  • Paint/clear sealer 
  • Spirit level

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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.

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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Estimated Price: $5-10

Estimated Time: 1+ hours    

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 those methods that will  damage your rug,   and add some color and texture to your walls!   

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  • This is a super informative article! As carpet care professionals we love to see quality info put out there. We’d like to use some of this information found here to inform our own customers. I hope this is okay. Thanks for sharing

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  • Have an old family heir loom that Im not sure what to do with. Its an old dutch wool table cover. Always thought it was just a rug….. But now that Im older I have done some research and realize its a beautiful peice of history that I want to show case in my home.

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  • Karen, depends on the degree your wall is curved. If it’s a slight curve, you may consider softening the wood strip with water and rounding the strip to emulate to wall.

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  • Joan, it depends on the Velcro used. The Velcro packaging itself will show the weight limits of what it’s designed to hold.

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  • What is the weight limit of the rug for the Velcro method

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