Some rugs are so striking or rare, you can hang them on your walls like works of art. Especially during the winter, when you may want to avoid damage from snow or mud tramped in from the outside. If this sounds like a fun and creative way to “redecorate” for a few months, here are ways to show off your rugs at eye level.
There are many reasons to hang a rug on the wall — including the need for preservation and desire for texture. Whatever the motivation, relocating a rug from floor to wall can add a lot to an interior.
The floor-to-ceiling rug in this Rhode Island home, by Andrew Suvalsky Designs, adds color and impact in the entry.
Designer Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher made a big pattern play by hanging a rug on the wall and putting a tribal flat-weave carpet on the floor. Often a rug’s border can work like a mat in a picture frame, drawing the eye and highlighting the central image.
This Moroccan rug emphasizes the long, low nature of the sofa in the Parker Palm Springs hotel.
Hanging this rug, an antique from Indonesia, on the wall protects it from wear and tear.
Be sure to avoid an uneven distribution of weight, which can cause a heavy rug to warp, sag or even tear. Georgia rug and textile dealer Marla Mallett writes about some common hanging methods, such as sewing a casing on the back of the rug or using Velcro to affix it to the wall.
Rugs need not be large or highly decorated to make a statement. This small rug with a graphic pattern adds the perfect grace note over a rustic bench in a home by Prideaux Design.
For more ideas about rug wall hangings, please stop by one of our stores in Burlington, Natick and Boston!