Turning a Rug into a Piece of Art
A friend of mine recently gave me a small handmade Bulgarian rug, one of several she collected while living in Bulgaria in the mid 2000s. When I started to think where in my house to put the rug, I realized the ideal spot wasn’t on the floor, but on the wall.
We have two cats who have a knack for destruction — couches, wood furniture and rugs. I didn’t want to risk damage to this sentimental gift that could not be easily replaced without international travel, so I thought mounting it on the wall made the most sense and would mean I could enjoy the rug as a piece of art.
I wasn’t sure how to hang the rug, but after some research online and a little trial and error, I came up with the plan to mount the rug on a thin piece of wood and hang the wood from the wall. I didn’t want to do anything that would damage the rug or alter it so it could no longer be a rug in the future.
I found a piece of scrap wood in my basement that was about 2 inches longer than the width of the rug. I secured the rug to the wood with 3-inch clips on the back. Fortunately they were just the right size, though a larger clip would have been ideal.
I drilled holes in the end of the wood and looped a silver chain through the hole to hang on the wall.
After testing this out in my living room, I thought this system would work well and I was ready to hang the rug in its final destination.
There’s a tall narrow space above our stairwell that has been empty for the past 10 years. I never knew what to put there. It seemed perfect for the rug.
The tricky part was getting up there. Thanks to a neighbor who loaned me his ladder, I carefully climbed about 8 feet up to nail a hole in the wall. The process was made less stressful by my supportive 4-year-old who kept exclaiming, “You’re going to fall!”
The first nail was too low, so I headed back up to put another one in about a foot taller. One more cautious step higher on the ladder and it was perfect.
The DIY hanger is a little “rustic” and maybe one day I will invest in something a little more polished. But the important part is the rug — your eyes are drawn to its bold pattern and colors. It adds warmth to this otherwise cold unfinished space and is a constant reminder of a good friend.
Have you used a rug as a wall hanging? Any mounting/hanging techniques you’d recommend?