There are many ways to hang a tapestry; most people don’t know this. The first way to hang a tapestry is a “rod in casing.” If your tapestry has a casing for a rod, then this may be the hanging method for you. There are a lot of options for rods out there. Casings can really simplify things in that all you have to do is slip the rod in and hang it on nails. If you’d like to add a casing, then simply sew on heavy weight fabric across the back to fit the width of your rod. Sew along the top of your fabric strip and the bottom, leaving the middle open for your rod; if sewing isn’t your strong suit, a seamstress may be able to help you with the sewing part. The casing should be sewn perfectly straight and not necessarily lined up with edge of your tapestry, which could be slightly uneven, causing crooked hanging. This may be one of the more common ways to display your tapestry or rug, but there are others too.
Nails or push pins
You can nail your tapestry directly to the wall with nails, or even push pins if the tapestry is light enough. This is great for more loosely woven tapestries, as the nails will fit between the wefts. For more tightly woven tapestries or rugs, you would be putting a small holes along the perimeter of your tapestry, but for long term placement and thicker weaves, this may not be a problem.
Adhering your tapestry to the wall with velcro is a great method for those wanting to avoid putting any holes in their tapestry. For those with a heavier tapestry, make sure your velcro has staying power. Nail a strip of wood just slightly shorter than the tapestry into wall studs. Adhere the rougher velcro side to your strip of wood on the wall and the opposite velcro piece to the very top of the back side of your tapestry, and then connect your velcro.
Mounting on Plywood Board
Another method that works well for both heavier and thinner tapestries is mounting your tapestry onto a wood frame, such as plywood board. If you have a heavy or thick tapestry, you can stretch and staple the tapestry over a plywood board or canvas stretchers and then hang it on your wall with sawtooth picture hangers. The edges of your tapestry will be flipped to the back of the plywood board and stapled down in this method.
If you are working with a thin or lightweight tapestry, then the best approach is to stretch heavy weight, linen canvas across the front of your plywood board and staple the fabric tightly to the back of your wood board around the perimeter. This wood board would need to be wider and longer than your tapestry, as it will serve as the “frame” for your tapestry wall art. Once your heavy linen fabric is stapled onto the board, then you will need to hand sew your tapestry directly to the center of the fabric using a curved needle. The fabric showing along the perimeter will border your tapestry quite nicely. You can always dye your heavy weight linen a cutom color in advance for a fine art look.
Foam Core Mounting
Foam core mounting is a very similar process to mounting your tapestry onto stretchers/plywood board. You’ll be taking similar steps as the previous option, except that you’ll be stapling your heavy linen fabric to foam board instead of wood. You’ll need two sheets of foam board that you will glue together in advance, so be sure that you have enough fabric to cover the edges of your thick foam board. Cover your foam board with heavy weight linen fabric and staple it down tightly onto the back of the foam board around the perimeter. Sew your tapestry to the fabric.
Facing and Board Method
This method is perfect for tapestries with fringe on both ends. For this method, then entire tapestry is not attached to a larger plywood board, but rather a narrow strip of wood is attached that only goes along the very top of your tapestry.
You’ll need to first add a “facing” to the back, top of your tapestry. This will cause your top fringe to be hidden and on the back of your tapestry so that the fringe doesn’t dangle downward over your tapestry. You will hang your tapestry to the wall with nails using the back wood strip now attached to your tapestry. For a heavier tapestry you’ll want to hang your tapestry in a place you can find a wall stud. Your fringe across the bottom of your tapestry will hang down from the bottom.