Rugs may not come to mind as a piece of art to hang on your wall, but for centuries, different cultures around the world have used woven tapestries and rugs to decorate walls and help with drafty spaces. So where should you hang a rug and how do you choose the right style?

Consider these stylish solutions to get rugs off the floor and up on your walls.

Step 1: How to Hang

Before choosing a style that works for you, be sure to consider how you’ll hang a rug on your wall. To keep the integrity of the rug, you need to hang it in a way that doesn’t pull or stretch the fibers. There are multiple ways you can DIY this, or a professional can create a great hanging system for you. Two of the most common ways are to sew a pocket on the back of a rug so it can hang on a rod, or to stitch Velcro tape to the rug and then mount the rug to a wood bar on the wall that has the other side of the Velcro attached to it. Whatever method you choose, consider how much sun the rug will get as UV rays break down fibers, and how heavy the rug is as you’ll need enough support to keep it up on the wall.

Step 2: Choose a Style and Size that Works for You

Add Color and Pattern
If you love the look of bright colors and patterns but are afraid to paint or wallpaper your walls, a hanging statement rug works wonders. Choose colors and patterns that make your heart sing, and pair this bold look with more neutral furnishings so the rug really pops.

Schumacher Lunar Rug 6′ x 9′

Movable Modern Art
The look of large abstract paintings can be achieved with rugs, too. Best yet, they’re much easier to transport and move to different rooms of your home. A 6’ x 9’ canvas might not fit up your stairs, but a rolled-up 6’ x 9’ rug will.

Woven Concepts Hand-Knotted Transitional Rug 3’8″ x 10’11”

Run with It
Runners are a great option for above sofas and on walls down long hallways. They are a brilliant solution to a wall that needs something wide but not too high. You can also run them vertically on a wall behind a bed or a dresser to create a beautiful stripe of texture.

Woven Concepts 1970 Turkish Wool Rug 2’3″ x 4’6″

Not all rugs follow the typical rectangular shape. Rugs in all sorts of unusual shapes are an unexpected touch on a wall. Handwoven from abaca, this circular rug adds a natural texture and an element of surprise with its astrological motif.

Charlap Hyman & Herrero for Schumacher Astrologica Pictorial Rug 5’10” x 5’10”

3D Texture
One of the most visceral calling cards of rugs is the incredible weaving technique that is used to create them. Search for rugs with unusual textures, quality materials and craftsmanship that can be seen in all their glory when put up on a wall. This hand-tufted rug has a raised pile bubble motif with an amazing three-dimensional look.

Tai Ping Bubbles I Hand-Tufted Rug 7’10” x 8’2″

Frame It
Rugs with a defined border work much like a frame to create a boxed-in area, containing the design. This framed look is visually pleasing because it gives the illusion of a frame, helping to make that jump from floor to wall.

Central Asian Hand-Knotted Seychur Rug 4’3″ x 5’1″

Small Spaces
If you love the look of rugs on a wall but aren’t sure you are ready to take the plunge, try a small 3’ X 5’ area rug that will get your feet wet. Smaller rugs look great above console tables, chests of drawers and on smaller wall spaces that need a focal point.

Contemporary Gabbeh Geometric Rug 3’3″ x 5′

For the Minimalist
If bold patterns and textures aren’t your thing, monochromatic rugs can be very successful in minimalist spaces. A neutral room paired with a solid or minimally patterned rug in a neutral palette add a touch of softness.

Schumacher Marble Islands Rug 6′ x 9′

Think Big
You can get a lot of bang for your buck with a large rug. After all, an 8’ X 10’ artwork is a rare find while an 8’ X 10’ rug is standard. A rug makes a huge impact when you fill up an entire wall or have a space with high ceilings that needs something really large. Bonus: They roll right up, so they’re easily transportable.

Tai Ping Marilyn Hand-Tufted Rug 8′ x 9’11”
Step 3: Start Shopping

Check out our selection of rugs to add a textural touch to your wall.

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