Rugs as Wall Art

Image by Elle Decor. The likes of House Beautiful and interior bloggers have declared that the current interior climate is all about ‘hanging the humble floor accessory’. Statement rug wall hangings are trending on Pinterest, all about using rugs as art. Let’s discuss the current wall rug art trend and we’ll offer some tips on how best to attach your rug onto the wall.

Choosing Your Rug Wall Hanging

Statement rugs are always a great way of upgrading a room, but having a rug as a wall hanging is a fantastic way of giving your room a modern, edgy twist. Typically, we’re used to the focal point of a room being a piece of artwork like a painting or a print. Now, interior designers are encouraging us to think outside the box when it comes to rugs, advocating that rugs shouldn’t merely be used as a finishing touch but rather as the room’s centrepiece in order to give the room a new lease of life. When choosing a statement rug for the wall, it’s best to choose larger, bolder and more colourful patterns in order to achieve the desired modern, chic look. Remember to keep in mind the style of the room you intend to hang the rug in. It’s best to have a rug wall hanging in a room with limited patterns and neutral colours so the statement rug can really steal the show!

How to Hang your Rug Wall Hanging

Once you’ve chosen your ideal statement rug it’s time to hang it on the wall. There are a few decisions you need to make before hanging your rug:
  • Do you want your rug to hang freely or flush to the wall? (This effects the method you use).
  • When choosing the wall – it goes without saying  that you need to keep the size of the rug in mind!
  • Don’t choose a wall in direct sunlight as the exposure can be extremely damaging to your lovely rug.
  • Clean your hanging rug every few months using a vacuum attachment.
  • Stay away from sticky adhesives!
Here are two simple ways you to hang your rug in a room:
  1. Casing

This method is ideal for hanging heavyweight rugs. It involves stitching a casing on the back of your rug. Casing creates a tube in the fabric that will snuggly hold a rod at the top of your rug, meaning that it will be hanging from the rod. Materials needed:
  • Sturdy fabric, preferably heavy cotton, linen or cotton will
  • Carpet thread
  • Scissors
  • Rod
  • Wall anchor
  • Drill, screws
Estimated time: 3 hours Instructions:
  1. Decide if you want to be able to see the rod coming out at either side of the rug.
    1. If you don’t want to see it – measure the width of your rug and subtract 4 inches either side.
    2. If you do want to see it- measure the width of the rug and subtract 2 inches.
  2. Measure the thickness of your rod. You want your rod to fit snuggly in the casing. The length of your sturdy fabric should be a few inches shorter than the length of the rug. The width of your fabric should be the thickness of your rod plus 3 inches.
  3. After measuring your fabric, attach it directly to the top section at the back of your rug. Try to get 2 warp threads in each stitch for best support.
  4. Prep your wall for hanging- measure the width of your rug and where you want the rug to fall. Hang the rod anchors to the wall using drill and screws.
  5. Slide your rod through the casing on the rug and hang on the wall.
Refer to WikiHow’s instructions for visuals!
  1. Velcro

As outlined by The Spruce, using Velcro is a fantastic tactic for hanging your urgs onto the wall. Velcro is thought to be the safest way to hang and preserve your rug. This method involves hand stitching Velcro to the back of your rug, and the advantage of this is that stitching is easily removable if you ever want to put your rug back on the floor. It is recommended to use a 2 inch thick strip for larger, heavier rugs. DO NOT use sticky b ack Velcro as it is difficult to remove and likely to leave a sticky residue on the back of your rug. Materials:
  • 2inch wide Velcro, by the yard
  • Unbleached muslin fabric
  • Carpet thread and needle scissors
  • 2.5 inch piece of flat wood
  • Staple gun, drill, screws, stud finder
Estimated time – 2 hours Instructions:
  1. Measure the width of your rug and cut the Velcro and muslin cloth accordingly.
  2. Sew the ‘fuzzy’ Velcro tape your muslin cloth, with the fuzzy part facing away from the cloth. Then, sew the muslin strip directly to the back of your rug using a whip stitch – using carpet thread that matches your rug.
  3. Get a flat piece of treated wood that is the length of your rug plus 2.5 inches.
  4. Using staple gun, attach the ‘hooked’ hard side of Velcro to the piece of wood. Staple about every 6 inches to ensure a strong hold.
  5. Mount the wood onto your wall using a drill and screws.
  6. Press your rug to the Velcro!
  So stay on trend and add a statement to your walls with bold rug wall hanging! For inspiration browse our stunning selection of rugs!

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