How To Hang A Tapestry

Written by Elizabeth Rose
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You might be asking yourself how to hang a tapestry, if you've never had one before. Well, it's not too hard, but there are a few things to consider before we tell you more about the mechanics of how to hang a tapestry.

More Than One Choice of How to Hang a Tapestry

Of course you could be forgiven for thinking, "What's the big deal? I know how to hang a tapestry." Well, sure, you could grab a hammer and some nails and slap it up there. Since you've spent good money on a pretty design for your room, though, let's take a look at some things you might want to consider first.

What room are you going to be placing your new acquisition in? If it's a sunny place you might want to consider the appropriate place. Although most dyes used in woven tapestries are colorfast, almost any fabric will fade if exposed to too much sunlight. The worst part is that the most brilliant colors tend to fade first.

Those deep burgundies and greens in richly colored tapestries can turn some dreadful shades if they spend too many hours in the sun. Take a good look at the movement of sunlight through the room and be sure you aren't exposing your tapestry to unwanted light. If you really have to have it on a wall with sun, you can always mount it under UV resistant glass, but you'll lose some of the texture of the tapestry. Still, it will protect your investment from fading before its time.

Another issue is style. Normally, most tapestries are hung similarly to curtains, on a rod attached to the wall. A great way to personalize your tapestry to the room is to use finials on the ends of the curtain rod that match the style of the room. There are many sources of great finials, from whimsical to classic. These give you a lot of options for creativity in your space. Happy hanging!

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