Rug Hanging 101.

I was recently asked how I hang my rugs on a wall.  I’m sure there are many ways to do this, but I’ve settled on one way that works well for me.  I like the clean look of it without any rods peeking out on either end of the rug.  Clean and simple.

I buy 2” wide nylon webbing at a sewing shop and cut two pieces making them short enough to allow for a blank area between them on the back of the rug.  I run the cut edges through a flame to seal them, so they won't unravel.  I then sew the webbing to the back of the rug, taking care to catch the linen foundation threads with my stitches, so I’m not just sewing the webbing onto the actual hooking.

I use wood lath, a wood yardstick, or even a wood paint stirrer and ask hubby to cut it to length and drill a hole in the center.  As you can see in the photo, having that “blank space” between the webbing pieces allows you to shift the rug right to left to level it once it’s hung.

The kind of picture hanger shown below is my favorite.  You can just push it into drywall with a pair of pliers.  Easy peasy!  For a very large and heavy rug, you might want to use two hangers spaced apart.  You will have to reconfigure the webbing in that case.

The photo below shows my It’s All Black and White rug in its wall spot.  I considered hanging it at the head of our bed, but I prefer how it looks in my studio.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in proudly displaying one’s hooked art.

The model and his rug in my studio.

The model and his rug in my studio.

A visual of how the back of a rug is prepared for hanging.

A visual of how the back of a rug is prepared for hanging.