How to hang and light an oriental rug

If you got your hands on an Oriental rug, you might be looking to put it at the front and center of your home. That’s reasonable, considering you probably paid big bucks for it. Oriental rugs feature some of the best textile craftsmanship out there, and they can also be quite old to boot.

The preferred method of displaying Oriental rugs is hanging them instead of having them lay on the ground. This lets everyone focus on the intricacies of the rug instead of merely seeing it as a whole.

While hanging it is a great start, there are things to keep in mind if you’d like to get the most out of your expensive Oriental rug.

How to make your Oriental rug shine

Hanging your Oriental rug properly takes a lot more knowledge than you’d expect. Due to the materials used and oftentimes because of their age, Oriental rugs show vulnerability to several common materials as well as conditions.

If you’re looking to hang your Oriental rug, you’ll have to think hard to find the right spot for it. Alterations to your home might also be necessary to make room for the rug.

For starters, the UV rays from sunlight can diminish your rug’s dyes significantly. If you’re hanging your Oriental rug next to the window so that all your neighbors can admire it, be prepare to either move it when the sun starts shining through the windows or to install UV filters on them. One option costs time while the other costs money, and both cost effort, but these are the sacrifices you’ll need to make to have your Oriental rug hanging in that one perfect spot.

There are also quite a few materials to look out for – any of them coming in contact with your Oriental rug could cause some serious damage, even on smaller surfaces. As you might expect, metal will lead to corrosion due to the moisture in the air. Again, even small metal objects can corrode the fabrics of your rug, so be extra careful when examining a desired area. Wood is another dangerous object to have around your Oriental rug, as its acidity can cause a different type of corrosion (although one that is equally damaging).

Another thing to keep in mind is how you’ll do the actual hanging. Forget about nails, clippers and especially adhesives – all of these can harm the rug. Instead, choose between Velcro or frame mounting – the former gives better display options while the latter protects the rug and is best used with more vulnerable fabrics.

Finally, there’s lighting to consider. For your Oriental rug, you’ll want to find the accent bulb that best pronounces its intricate details, including the weaving and knotting patterns, the colors, the overall picture and so on. Since LED bulbs come in various colors and shades of intensity, they’re probably your best bet, although you might have to experiment a bit before you can find the perfect fit. In terms of lamps, the method of lighting the rug should be non-invasive or even concealed when possible, placing the rug at the center of the stage.