Some rugs are so striking or rare, you want to treat them like works of art. Here are ways to show them off at eye level
There are many reasons to hang a rug on the wall – including the need for large art, preservation (rare rugs are for places where you do not dare to tread) and texture (there’s nothing two dimensional about a rug). Whatever the motivation, relocating a rug from floor to wall can add a lot to an interior.

In this home, Modern Mecca made a simple headboard so much more by placing a bold rug behind it.

The idea of a rug’s bringing texture to a room is highlighted in this project by Mark Ashby Design. The colours, pattern and texture of the rug do much to warm the stone walls of this room.

Designer Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher made a big pattern play by hanging a rug on the wall and putting a tribal flat-weave carpet on the floor. Often a rug’s border can work like a mat in a picture frame, drawing the eye and highlighting the central image.

Hanging this rug, an antique from Indonesia, on the wall protects it from wear and tear.

In another over-the-bed move, interior designer Jennifer Gustafson softened a brick wall and brought a high-ceilinged room into scale with a rug.

The floor-to-ceiling rug in this Rhode Island home, adds colour and impact in the entry.

This Moroccan rug emphasizes the long, low nature of the sofa in the Parker Palm Springs hotel.

Rugs need not be large or highly decorated to make a statement. This small rug with a graphic pattern adds the perfect grace note over a rustic bench in a home.

Be sure to avoid an uneven distribution of weight, which can cause a heavy rug to warp, sag or even tear. Georgia rug and textile dealer Marla Mallett writes about some common hanging methods, such as sewing a casing on the back of the rug or using Velcro to affix it to the wall.