Anthony Armenio

Lavishing up your household is the keynote purpose behind an Oriental rug. It provides a balance that you might not even realize you need--a contrast or a sync with existing elements in any interior. With the word "rug" or "carpet" in mind, it's easy to assume that an Oriental rug is meant to only decorate your flooring. Previously, we even covered how an Oriental rug meshes with the many different types of flooring. While a floor is the primary means of placing an Oriental rug, it isn't the only manner in order to do so. This week, we're covering another avenue that's often overlooked in terms of adorning your living space: hanging your Oriental rugs.


Walls Adorned



By hanging your rug you open an entire new realm of possibilities in terms of Interior Design and home decor. So often are versatile alternatives overshadowed by the assumed, standard usage of a product. We've constantly described Oriental rugs as flexible, multifaceted creations. This applies just as much to where an Oriental rug is placed vs. the customization options at your disposal when choosing your carpet. 

To hang your rug, there's certain steps you must take in order to do so. Think of it this way: an Oriental rug is an ancestral heirloom that normally populates the floor. To shift this general approach into something unique, a proper process must be instilled in order to do so. There isn't one method to fasten your rug either--several are at your disposal, and it's entirely your choice on which to enact.


How To!


Before you hang your rug, you need to consider the following:

  • Make sure your rug isn't too big
  • Don't use (raw) metal or wood to hang your rugs
  • Don't leave the rug out in direct sunlight

Let's dive into how you can hang your Oriental rugs:

  •  Velcro
    • The most common practice
    • You must attach the velcro to your rug using unbleached fabric and thread
      • This is so that if you remove the velcro from your rug, it won't damage it
      • Allows the material itself to be easily removed
    • From there, you utilize wood, staples, and nails to attach it to the wall
    • Time consuming but arguably the easiest in terms of setting your rug back up if you want to take it off the wall
  • Clamps
    • Specifically Carpet Clamps
    • Attach to wall and hang your wall from said Clamps
  • Rod
    • A sizable rod for displaying a small rug
    • Depending on the size of the rod it can hang multiple smaller rugs
  • Carpet Strips
    • Strips that you attach to your wall in order to hang your rug
    • These strips are "tackless"
    • Less of a process than velcroing your rug, but higher risk of accidentally damaging it
  • Casing
    • A case of fabric that likewise houses a tube/rod to display your rug
    • Adaptable in size--can put on display even the largest of Oriental rugs

Some of the above methods are simpler than others. However, simplicity does not equate "better". Clamps and Rods are one such approach in their own rights, requiring you to simply buy the materials and hang them on the wall. Other approaches described, specifically Velcro, Casing, and Carpet Strips require a bit more planning.

For Velcro, the process itself is time consuming. Aside from gathering the materials described above, you need to sow fabric into your rug (carefully). You also need to setup an area for the rug to hang while ensuring that the rug isn't too large or too heavy for the Velcro to hoist. 

Casing is another method that takes a bit of work, but stands as a personal favorite. The steps needed are rather straightforward: line a carpet hanging rod up with the end you want to hang the rug from, then sow a heavier fabric over it. This allows the Casing to hoist the heaviest of rugs. More-so, having your rug literally hang on air and from a rod just genuinely looks pleasing.

The last time consuming process, Carpet Strips, does come with some risks. First off, you have to attach the Strips to your wall and ensure the measurements behind it fit the wall. The "risk" is the spikes adorned on these strips. Carpet Strips, if utilized, should be tackless in order to ensure said strips don't potentially damage your rug. The key to Carpet Strips is be careful with where you play the strips in the rug's foundation. These are literal spikes, so you need to take care when allowing them into the wool or cotton weave of your rug.

Regardless of the method you choose, the process yields the same results: a unique, distinct approach that will cause any living space to stand out. After all, isn't that the primary purpose of all Oriental rugs?

Hanging your rug simply diversifies this avenue even further.