How to hang a rug on the wall

It certainly couldn’t have escaped your notice. From Instagram to Pinterest, from boutiques to interior design blogs, rugs have migrated from the floor to the walls of interiors. Several reasons explain this displacement and the first is rather obvious, it is about an aesthetic choice. Indeed, to showcase your most beautiful pieces, exhibiting them on the wall – as you do with your frames, photos and paintings – is the ideal solution. Like ethnic hangings or wall tapestries, rugs take the place of works of art or collectibles and no longer of utilitarian decoration. But in addition to covering the walls, once suspended, the carpets are preserved from possible damage (stains, damaged fibers, etc.) attributable to their use.

Rug against wall

Why hang a rug on the wall?

It can be a rug that you want to keep or that has sentimental value, or both. You may want to hide a crack, or you may just be looking to decorate your wall, and I could say this a thousand times: “There is nothing better than hanging an oriental woolen rug on the wall”. On top of that, if you are a big fan of interior design, you also know that hanging it the right way matters a lot!

So, can you hang a rug on the wall? Precisely yes, but you have to be careful. First of all, the size of the mat is important. Thus, the more massive the carpet, the heavier it tends to be. Second, one should be very careful when dealing with oriental rugs, in order to avoid damaging both the rug and the wall.

What rug to hang on the wall?

In one word: all. Depending on the decoration of your interior and the atmosphere you wish to create, all rugs can be hung on the wall. Small or large, graphic or ethnic, silk or wool, asymmetrical, round or rectangular, all models – from the most classic to the most original – lend themselves to the exercise. But in the editorial office, we admit our preference for a Berber or kilim model in warm tones above a sofa, a black and white graphic Scandinavian carpet at the head of the bed, or why not several round models, in vegetable fibers, to accumulate on the wall to create dynamism.

What to know before hanging up your rug?

Before hanging your rug on the wall, there are a few things to consider:

  • When choosing the wall you want to hang a rug on, keep the size of your rug in mind.
  • Do not choose a wall that is directly exposed to the sun, as this exposure will damage the colors of your carpet over time.
  • Do not hang a rug near a heat source. This could have a catastrophic impact on the fibers.
  • Do not hang rugs over rough wood walls or over uncoated metals (such as nails) as this will damage it over time. Your carpet could indeed tear;
  • We recommend that you continue to clean your hanging carpet at least once a month using a vacuum cleaner. There may still be dust on the wall.

How to hang a rug against the wall:

Unfortunately there are no standard systems for adding a rug against the wall. But, we give you three ideas on how you can still add your eyecatcher to your interior:

Option 1: Velcro

The preferred method for hanging a rug on the wall is using Velcro tape. This tape consists of two seperate strips: the hook tape and the loop tape.

Attaching the tape to the rug

The loop tape should be sewn onto the back of your area rug, along the top edge. To prevent your rug from damaging, it’s smart to use a strip of canvas in between the tape and the rug itself. So, stitch the Velcro loop tape to the canvas strip and (hand)sew the strip to the rug. To hide the stitching, choose a cotton thread in the same color of your rug.

Attaching the tape to the wall

The hook tape should be added to a straight piece of wood in the same width as your rug. Mount this piece of wood to the wall and attach the rug by connecting the Velcro strips.

If you want to add a heavy rug on your wall, use multiple Velcro strips in order to support the weight of the rug.

Option 2: Curtain Rod

The second option for hanging a rug on the wall is with the use of a curtain rod. There are two steps you need to take:

  1. (Hand)sew a cotton casing onto the top of the back of the rug in order to form a tube through which the curtain rod can be inserted.
  2. Add the curtain rod to the wall by extending the rod several inches beyond each edge of the rug. If you want to completely hide the curtain rod, make sure the rod is slightly shorter than the width of the rug and the brackets are placed behind the rug as well.

Option 3: Knot the fringes

If you have some small rugs that you want to hang on your wall, you could also use the fringes to knot them together with a small rope that’s adjusted to the ceiling. But, be careful, this can only be done with very light-weight rugs in order to make sure the rug won’t be damaged.