Tips on Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Tips for Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Because of the flexibility of tapestry wall hangings, there are a variety of options for hanging a wall tapestry, from the very basic to the intricate and complicated.

Tapestries May Be Hung In Several Ways.

 Wall tapestries – as their name implies – are meant to be hung on  the wall, the manner in which they are hung is a mixture of personal preference and science.

Tips on Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Image: Kensington Exhibition Wall Tapestry by Fabrice De Villeneuve

Hanging a Wall Tapestry with Tapestry Rods & Finials

However, the recommended method for hanging a tapestry is to use a proper rod & finial set.

This is the method that we recommend because it provides the easiest installation, provides the best flexibility as well as creating a nice finished look.

Tapestry Rods are similar to normal curtain rods, and install in a very similar way.  However, Tapestry rods are not as deep as curtain rods, so your tapestry sits closer to the wall.  This is important to create a clean look, while allowing circulation to flow behind and around the tapestry.

This is especially important if you have sheetrock walls.  Sheetrock has a high lime content, so you should not hang your tapestries directly against this kind of wall.  Over time, the lime in the sheetrock will adversely affect your tapestry.

Utilizing the brackets included in Tapestry Rod sets will keep the tapestry 1-3 inches off the walls.

Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Image: Ironwork | 53″ x 53″ | Tapestry

Also remember that larger tapestries are heavier than you might expect, especially those that include built-in handing rods at the bottom to weigh the tapestry so that it hangs properly.  These larger pieces need something to keep them properly secured to the wall.

Alternative Methods for Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Although other methods are available, including:


By sewing Velcro strips onto the back of the tapestry (and positioning the other side of the strip on the wall) you can easily hang a tapestry with Velcro.

This is especially handy if you have different tapestries of the same or similar size and you want to be able to swap them out over time. For example, you could have your year-round tapestry that you want to replace – temporarily – with a holiday-themed tapestry wall hanging to add as a Christmas decoration.

    Hidden Wood Installation

If you want something a bit more discreet, you can use the built in rod-pocket (in most tapestry wall hangings) but use a piece of wood – often painted the same color as the wall – to support the tapestry itself.

This method of hanging a wall tapestry allows you to maintain the focus on the tapestry itself without the additional embellishments of rods, finials, or tassels.

    Framing your Tapestry

Because of their flexibility, tapestries can also be framed to create a unique and complete work of art. Custom frames would need to be built, and we highly recommend that you wait until your tapestry has arrived to order or build the frame.

Although measurements are provided for most tapestries, because they are jacquard woven, there can (and will) be minor variations in sizing between each woven piece. These differences are rarely noticed, unless you are trying to fit the piece into a pre-built frame.

  Nails or Upholstery Tacks

If you need something quick and dirty to get the tapestry up on the wall, you can also use nails or upholstery tacks. We don’t recommend it (for many reasons) but woven tapestries are fabric and can handle being “poked” without causing too much damage to the integrity of the piece.

However, this should be considered a short-term solution only.  Using this long term is not a good idea because the weight of the tapestry could eventually stretch out the holes around the nails or the tacks. Also, the fabric of the tapestry needs room (about 1″ – 3″) to breathe, which the nails or upholstery tacks would not provide.

At Art & Home, we highly recommend using a coordinating Tapestry Rod & Finial set to really show off your tapestry.

One final note:  Do not hang a tapestry in direct sunlight. As with any work of art–oil, paper, etc–direct sunlight will fade the art over time.  

Modern windows with Low-E can offset this issue, but ensure that the light is properly filtered to reduce the UV rays that can damage your fabric.

Hanging a Wall Tapestry

Image: Iris Nine Patch II by Don Li-Leger | 53″ x 53″ | Wall Tapestry

Are you ready to experience the joy of Tapestry Wall Hangings?

Take a look at a small selection from our massive collection of tapestry wall hangings.

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