If you are looking for an interesting alternative to picture frames, then a tapestry is the right decoration. Unique thin rugs as a visual design focus can be found as well as small wall decorations.
For which living design and for which rooms are tapestries suitable?
For which home design is a tapestry suitable?
Gone are the days when a tapestry had an oriental pattern in earthy tones. Today there is a modern and dynamic range for the beautiful decorative piece. You can choose from a variety of styles: Modern with strong colours, playful motifs, floral patterns, so it is possible to use a tapestry that fits seamlessly into your room design. Since this decorative element is not an everyday piece, it is guaranteed to attract attention. Cleverly integrated into the room, it is an exciting interior highlight. There are tapestries for every furnishing style.
- Bright colours and classic patterns go well with a country house interior.
- Floral decorations, stripes, checks and patchwork patterns look traditional and inviting.
- Use knotted or woven variants for a rustic look.
- If you prefer the nostalgic vintage style, there are different versions to choose from. Here you can use dark-coloured models with a paisley pattern, oriental carpets or models with an ethnic pattern. You can also choose designs that show an old map or seafarer motifs.
- The Bohemian style also comes into its own here. Indian motifs, psychedelic landscapes and batik patterns are reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. For a pure boho-chic and some ethnic influences, a curtain with elephants can also be used as a motif.
- To create a modern, yet cosy ambience, you can either choose simple and thickly knotted models, or you can choose designer carpets. Variants that look like a painting, natural scenes and fantasy landscapes enrich the most diverse interpretations of a modern living style. Photo landscapes or geometric patterns are also beautiful and varied eye-catcher.
Patterns, motifs and popular colours
The wall hanging is often provided with a continuous pattern. Well-known works of art or other motifs are also possible to use. Versions with well-known proverbs and individual terms are very popular. There is also a selection of zodiac tapestries. Underline a minimalist style with a solid colour tapestry - a bright yellow brings a good mood into the room. A stimulating green is very suitable for a creative study.
Which rooms are the tapestries suitable for?
Anything you like is allowed - this is without question a principle of the modern interior design philosophy. The tapestry with unique rugs is certainly no exception. Since the modern offer is very diverse, there are suitable colours, shapes and patterns for every room. There is a good selection even in the area of materials. So tapestries made of easy-to-maintain synthetic fibres are offered, which can also be used in a damp room or near a cooking area. Others are made of heavy cotton and are best suited for living spaces. Still, others can even be presented outdoors during the summer months.
The many designs range from colourful teddy bears for the children's room to motivational sayings for the study - ideal for the individual style in every room.
If the tapestry is to be presented as a gift, it is best to choose a neutral pattern in muted colours. So the recipient can use the decoration throughout the house and combine it with several furnishing styles.
What materials do tapestries have?
The choice of materials for tapestries is extensive. In most cases you will find these materials on offer: wool, synthetic fibre, cotton blend, unusual pieces are made of a plastic fabric or integrate glass and mirror applications and metal threads into the carpet. The suspension is almost always made of wood, metal or plastic. Artificial and synthetic textiles such as polyester, polyacrylic or polyamide are often used for tapestries. They are thin but dimensionally stable variants that are easy to wash. Knotted high pile carpets made of synthetic materials are also possible. These fabrics are highly water-repellent. You can even wipe and dust them with a damp cloth without putting them in the washing machine. Materials such as viscose are synthetic but of vegetable origin. Viscose should be washed. It absorbs moisture very easily but also dries quickly again. Natural fibres can be of vegetable or animal origin. Vegetable fibres such as cotton, sisal, linen, hemp or jute result are dimensionally stable and durable carpets. They take up little dirt and are very easy to care for. Leather is only used as an artificial version for tapestries. This is easy to clean and convinces with a beautiful shine and shimmer. Otherwise, it is materials such as silk and natural wool that are of animal origin. Silk has a very nice shine and is extremely high quality. It is mainly used for oriental carpets. Silk is extremely hard-wearing and very insensitive to dust. For this, silk does not tolerate water or cleaners. The use of fragrance sprays can make the material brittle. Wool is particularly heat-insulating and soft. It absorbs water very well and is difficult to clean. Both silk and wool prefer to be cleaned.
The offers made of washable cotton are particularly easy to care for. If the carpet is not too big, it can be easily washed in the washing machine. To keep the paint fresh and prevent dust from settling, you should thoroughly clean the tapestry twice a year.
The ultra-modern tapestries made of a plastic mesh can be rubbed off with a damp cloth. It is hardly necessary to use cleaning agents for this.
Note: Regardless of the material: If the tapestry is exposed to direct sunlight, it loses its colour intensity over time. An oil-free waterproofing spray can reduce this effect for flat cotton carpets. You should not treat thick wool carpets with it because the fibres can stick together.
What needs to be considered when buying a tapestry?
Since this is a decorative piece, there is little to consider. It is important that you like the design of the piece. A timeless unique rug can be integrated into many rooms and is used again and again.
A real eye-catcher in colour or pattern can be integrated into the room as a unique statement piece. You should make sure that the wall hanging is not combined with too many colours and shapes - such an ensemble quickly looks overloaded.
Since the carpet is not used, every material is suitable and easy to care for. High-priced tapestries, which may be hand-knotted, should be taken to a specialist for cleaning. Such deep cleaning is only necessary every few years.
Choose the right suspension
The carpets are available with different fastening methods. A top bar is usually attached to a wall hook with a tape. There are also light and small tapestries that can be easily attached to the wall using double-sided adhesive tape. Variants with hanging eyes are also available.
How heavy is a tapestry?
The range of tapestries is as varied as the range of carpets. Small models weigh only a few hundred grams, large versions several meters long and wide weigh 10 kg and more.
The weight determines the type of suspension. Very heavy carpets often have to be screwed to the wall with dowels. If you don't want to drill holes in the wall, a heavy carpet is a wrong choice. In general, the offers made of synthetic fibres and plastics are lighter than those made of cotton.
What size can a tapestry be?
The choice is also huge when it comes to size. It ranges from very small models with dimensions of 40x80 cm (WxH) to very large models with dimensions of 230x230 cm. Modern tapestries are rarely oversized, so it would be difficult to integrate them into a room. Most wall hangings are based on the common sizes for sofas or beds. Many people hang decorative carpets just above this furniture. They can be used as a purely decorative element or they also insulate the heat. This is particularly ideal for exterior walls. With widths between 120 and 230 cm and heights of 150 to 230 cm, they cover the entire wall area above such furniture. Common dimensions are, for example, 120x180 cm, 80x150 cm or 150x150 cm. So they can be both rectangular and square.
How are tapestries made?
Tying carpets yourself is an extremely demanding and time-consuming task. There are craft kits that you can use to make a small tapestry. If you have friends who like to design decorations yourself, such a task is not only entertaining, the finished piece is also something very special. You have then a unique rug.
However, it is not absolutely necessary to use a special tapestry for this beautiful type of wall decoration. If you find a carpet that fits your interior perfectly, then let this can easily be transformed into a tapestry with the right tools.
A very light carpet can be attached with a high-quality, double-sided adhesive tape. It is important to ensure that a carpet of large dimensions also needs support from the adhesive tape in the middle area. An alternative is the use of crossbars made of wood or metal. Attach this to the top of the carpet - sew it in, glue it or secure it with staple needles. Then drill the bar on the wall or hang the rug with a cord.