Every order shipped by The Tapestry House includes a sheet with information about how to hang a tapestry. This also discusses its simple care. Here are those notes:-
These practical points will help you care for your tapestry wall-hanging.
1. There may be transit creases on your tapestry when you receive it. These can be removed easily by careful pressing with a steam iron on the rear side.
2. Tapestries are woven individually and part of their individuality is that there may be irregularities in the weave or there may be hanging undulations. You can attach weights to the lower lining if desired but this is not necessary. Do not expect them to be precisely square and flat like a framed print; this is not their character.
3. There are two ways to hang tapestries (our finishing has a rod pocket on the lining):
– a) cut a length of round wooden dowel slightly longer than the rod pocket. Insert a small closed cup-hook into each end and simply place them over small picture hook nails. This is quick, easy and inexpensive. (See first and second images below.)
– b) buy a metal or wooden rod with finials (decorative ends) from a local drapery, hardware or interiors store. Use the brackets to hang the tapestry ‘off’ the wall, or hang the rod over two nails hammered down at a 45 degree angle to mount flush. (see bottom image.)
Refer to our Display Gallery for examples of tapestries hanging in homes.
4. To aid colour co-ordination – add a pair of cords with tassels to either side if you wish to match the tapestry to the existing décor. This is particularly useful when the colour of the tapestry does not exactly match the surrounding decor. You “draw out” one of the colours in the tapestry, even a minor one, to “tie it in” to its surroundings.
5. An annual brushing with a soft brush is sufficient to dust your tapestry – or use the drapes attachment of your vacuum cleaner. The tapestry may be dry cleaned with care if a stain somehow occurs but we suggest this be a last resort.
Our tapestries are hand-finished. We would enjoy receiving images of your tapestry in its new home!
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Let’s expand this a little. We receive enquiries occasionally about how to hang a tapestry; it’s easier than people think. Below is the back of a tapestry showing how the rod pocket is indented enough to hide the wooden dowel with eye hook from view. Next you can see the tapestry hanging on the wall in this “invisible” hanging manner.
As you can see, it need not involve the purchase of special designer rods. Alternatively, as below, you can use metal or wooden rods which have a decorative finial extending beyond the tapestry. Do note the option described above of hanging cords with tassels from these.
Do contact us if you have any remaining questions about how to hang a tapestry. We have added a page to our website about hanging tapestries, for your further reference.