Handmade area rugs worthy of hanging on a wall are pieces are art that you don't want to alter in the process.
So, you've purchased a beautiful handmade rug that you're considering hanging on your wall. With handmade rugs, you don't want to alter the rug in the process.
While there are some more effort-intensive methods like adding velcro to the back or putting a rod through the rug, We have a quick and easy way to do this without making any changes to the rug itself.
Master weaver, Hocine Bazine, who designs and weaves Berber rugs shows how to hang a rug using the rug's fringe in a few easy steps.
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Tools Needed to Hang a Handmade Rug on Your Wall
You'll only need small nails, measuring tape, a hammer, and a level. That's it!
If your walls require more technical skills for putting in nails, like brick or concrete, Ultra Grip Hooks are a great alternative solution. (Note: Avoid using these on any painted or wallpapered walls. You may need to use a heat gun to remove the hooks in the future.)
Steps to Hanging a Handmade Rug on Your Wall
Step 1: Tie Knots in the Rug's Fringe
- Take two pieces of fringe that are next to each other.
- Loop them together, like the first step of tying shoe laces, but only pull the knot about halfway down to give yourself room to hang the loop on a nail.
- Create a full knot on top of the first loop with the same two pieces of fringe to create a closed knot.
- Repeat on the other side of the rug. For heavier rugs, repeat as many times as needed toward the center of the rug.
Step 2: Place the Nails or Hanging Hooks on the Wall
- Measure the distance between the knots on the rug.
- Mark on the wall with pencil the location where the nails or hooks should go. Use a level to ensure the rug will hang at the right angle.
- Hammer the nails in the marked locations. Alternatively, place the command strip hooks or Ultra Grip Hooks in the correct locations.
Step 3: Hang the Knots from the Nails
- Place the knots on the nails that are in the wall.
- If the knots are placed in the wrong location, untie one of the knots, and repeat step 1 in a different part of the fringe that lines up with the nail.
Finding the Right Handmade Rug for Your Wall Space
Rugs are a great way to add color and texture into your home decor, whether on your floors or on your walls. When hanging a rug, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Heavier rugs require more tools to support their weight on the wall. Flat-weave rugs, like Turkish Kilims, Navajo rugs, or Berber rugs, weigh less than hand-knotted rugs, and will be easier to hang.
Hanging Location and Matching the Room's Design
Match the lines of the space where you are hanging a rug. Vertical lines extend up and down, while horizontal lines go from side to side. If you are hanging a rug above a couch, fireplace or the long side of a table, you'll want to hang it horizontally. If you are placing the rug above a stairwell or the short side of a table, hanging a rug vertically will match the space.
Similar to matching the lines of the space, make sure the size of the rug fits with the space you are filling it. A small rug on a wall with high ceilings will appear out of place. If you have a small rug, find a smaller nook of a large room, like above a desk or bookcase.
Consider other artwork, furniture, or colors in the room. You can go with a look that matches the other parts of the room, or find a rug that creates contrast. For example, if you have a bright red rug on a muted red brick wall, that can create a monochrome look while still creating a pop of color. Still, a rug that is another color that doesn't match the room can draw the eye to it.