Displaying Your Persian Rug on a Wall

12/18/2014

Not everyone wants to place a Persian or Oriental rug on the floor: some people prefer to showcase it as a work of art on a wall.

If you’d like to show off your rug on a wall, read below for tips on how to do so for best effect as well as to protect your rug.

  • Before hanging, decide which wall you will use. It should be a wall that’s not in direct sunlight, as the sun’s rays can fade the vegetable dyes used in the rug’s yarns over time. If you must place it in direct sunlight, place UV filters on the windows
  • Make sure no metal brackets, nails, staples, wires, etc. (anything metal) will come in contact with the rug because moisture in the air that comes in contact with the metal eventually will cause the rug to corrode.

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Your Persian or Oriental rug is a true work of art. Why not showcase it by hanging it on a wall in your home?

  • The same goes for hanging the rug over a heater or vent – the rug’s fibers can become brittle and dry out. You also should keep the rug away from humidifiers; they eventually can cause mildew
  • Don’t hang your rug on a wall of uncovered wood because the wood’s acidity can stain the rug. If you must hang the rug on a wood wall, stich unbleached and unstarched muslin on the part of the rug that will touch the wall. You also can seal the wood with urethane
  • If your rug is old/weak or is a silk rug, mount it on a full-frame. Hanging the rug from the top and letting it hang “freely” will eventually cause the weight of the rug to stretch the rug out.

If your rug isn’t too large (no longer than five feet long and four feet wide) you can hang it using a sleeve and rod mounting.

When it comes to actually hanging the rug, follow these steps:

  • You will need to measure the height of the wall and the length of the rug. If the rug is a lot shorter than the wall is high, find a spot that’s as close to the vertical middle of the wall as possible.
  • You will then need to find two studs in the wall in which to install your brackets. The studs are much stronger than most wall materials used today and so they will hold the rug safely and securely without damaging the wall.
  • You now drill screws in to the wall and install the brackets. Use a level to make sure the brackets are level/even.
  • To test the brackets, hang the carpet rod on them without the rug. Use the level again to make sure the ends of the bracket are level. Adjust as necessary.
  • Purchase a rod sleeve (make sure it has fabric hanging it from it; this is what you will attach the carpet to).
  • Sew the carpet to the rod sleeve’s hanging portions. It’s best to use cotton or linen carpet thread. You may want a professional Persian carpet dealer or carpet cleaner to do this for you.
  • Slide the rod into the sleeve that’s sewn to your rug and hang it on the wall.

If you wonder if your Persian or Oriental rug is in condition to be hung from a wall, contact the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600.

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