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How To Hang A Persian Rug

People have been decorating their walls with hung carpets for centuries, tapestries were hung in castles to create a barrier from a cold wall and to keep the heat trapped in the rooms as it was hard to keep rooms and the people in them warm during the colder months. It was basically a cheaper form of insulation. This paved the way for the creation of decorative tapestries which had value beyond their use of just keeping people warm and early homes also saw people hang carpets or rugs on their walls for the same purpose.

Hanging a Persian rug is easy, and if done correctly and can add appeal to whatever room you display it in.

Things to Consider Before Hanging Your Rug

Size And Weight

The hanging method you eventually choose will depend on the overall size and weight of the rug you have bought, so make sure to measure it before you purchase tools required for the job. Also, try to hang evenly as if not hung correctly the distribution of weight can cause a heavy rug to warp or even rip.

Sunlight And Heat

No one likes a faded rug so to prevent over exposure to sunlight over time, avoid hanging your rug in direct sunlight or in front of a radiator or fireplace.

Preventing Damage

Keeping rugs off the ground is a great way to protect them from wear and tear. However, nailing or pinning rugs directly to the wall can cause damage to the dies and fibers in your rug long-term. Try one of these safe, secure methods below instead.

 Velcro

Tools Required

  • Velcro tape
  • fabric
  • Carpet thread
  • Scissors
  • Wide piece of flat, thin wood
  • Staple gun, drill, screws

Instructions

  • Cut the velcro and muslin to match the width of the rug.
  • Hand-stitch the fuzzy, soft side of the velcro to the muslin, then stitch the muslin onto the back of the rug.
  • Cut a piece of wood to match the width of the rug.
  • Staple the rough side of the velcro tape to the wood.
  • Place the wood on the wall using a drill and screws, then attach the velcro together to hang the rug.
  • Repeat steps 1-4 if required

PVC Pipe

Tools Required

  • Twine
  • PVC pipe
  • Saw (for cutting the PVC pipe if needed)
  • Drill, screws/nails

Instructions

  • Cut the PVC pipe slightly shorter than the width of the rug
  • Cut several longer pieces of twine.
  • String the twine through the pipe
  • Fold half of the rug over the pipe so that the rug is draping down on both sides
  • Tie the loose ends of the twine together outside of the pipe. When holding up the twine, it should form a triangle with the pipe and rug at the bottom.
  • Hang the rug via the twine on a nail or stud on your wall

Curtain Rod

Tools Required

  • Strong fabric (heavy cotton, linen, etc)
  • muslin
  • Carpet thread
  • Curtain rod
  • Wall anchors
  • Drill and screws

Directions

  • Cut the muslin strip to match the same width as the rug.
  • Cut a piece of fabric the same width of the rug, large enough to be able to form a tube that will fit the width of the rod.
  • Sew muslin to the top of the rug.
  • Sew fabric to the top of the rug, forming a tube.
  • Attach anchors to the wall using a drill and screws.
  • Insert rod into the tube of fabric on the rug and then hang the rod onto the wall.
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