How To Hang A Rug On A Wall

Some rugs are so beautifully made, with delicate knots and intricate designing that you really do not want to place them on the floor where everybody is likely to stomp all over them. Such rugs deserve a pride of place on the wall. While it is not very difficult to hang a rug on a wall, it does require a little extra consideration to make sure it is placed correctly for maximum effect.

Hanging The Rug With Clips

The easiest way to do this without having to attach any permanent loops or attachments to the rug itself is by using Clips. You can find these at any hardware store.

use these clips for hanging a Hand knotted rug to the wall
Use These Clips For Hanging A Hand knotted Rug To The Wall


Using clips for Hanging a hand knotted rug to the wall
Using Clips For Hanging A Hand Knotted Rug To The Wall

Hanging The Rug Using Tack-Strips

The other easiest way to do this without having to attach any permanent loops or attachments to the rug itself is by using tack-strips. You can find these at any hardware store. The first thing you need to do is to decide whether you want to let the rug hang freely from the wall or whether you want it to lie flush against the wall and secured to it.

Track Strips
Example Of Track-Strips

If you want the rug to hang freely, you only need a tack strip that is the same measure as the width of the rug.

If you want the rug to lie flush, you will need enough tack strips to run around the top, bottom, and sides of the rug.

Place the coated tack strip along the wall where you want the top of rug to go. The most important thing here is to make sure that the tack strip is running exactly horizontal and straight. Use a level to double check this. Once you have got your exact placement and the top placement is level, hammer nails in the tack strip to attach it to the wall. The length of this top tack strip should be the exact measure of the top edge of the rug. Make sure it is not longer or shorter. The plain nails are purely for functional purposes.

Examples Of Some Our Rugs That We Recommend Hanging

  • Nain 3'3" x 4'10"

  • Nain 6' x 8'2"

  • Nain 8'3" x 11'10"

  • Tabriz 3'3" x 5'


Attaching The Rugs To The Track-Strip

Lift the rug and press the top edge firmly against this top strip. You will need some help if the rug is too big or too heavy.  Using upholstery nails, secure the rug to the mounted tack strip. Depending on the size and weight of the rugs, you may need to use more than one upholstery nail at each corner and a couple of them in the center too. These upholstery nails will be visible so you should take extra care when choosing them. The plain nails are purely for functional purposes but you can also choose some very elaborate nails that look decorative and will enhance the entire look of your rug hanging on the wall.

Free Hanging Rugs

For a freely hanging rug, you only need to attach the top edge of the rug. However, if you are planning on attaching the rug all over to the wall, you will have to repeat the same on all 4 sides and that’s it! As you can see, this is something you can do yourself if the rug is small to medium-sized and not very heavy. For a larger or heavier rug, you can still hang it up yourself but you may need some help with lifting the rug and fixing it on.

Hanging Heavy Weight Rugs

The second method of hanging a rug should be used for large and heavy-Weight rugs. Attach the tape to the back of the rug in the same way as for a smaller rug.

pass a bar through the strip and hang the rug like a
Pass A Bar Through The Strip And Hang The Rug

First, cut the tape into 12-inch sections and attach the sections to the Rug 1/2 Inch apart. These gaps permit the use of additional brackets and prevent sagging. Insert a suitable rod. Attach rod support the brackets to the wall aligned with the gaps in the tape


Share with us your experience with hanging your rugs. Is there a method you use that others might find helpful?

Some Of Our Heavier Weight Rugs That We Recommend Hanging With This Method

  • Tabriz 3'3" x 5'

  • Peshawar 3'3" x 5'

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  • Bakhtyari Rug 4' x 5'2"

    Bakhtyari 4' x 5'2"