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Fabric Wall Hangings

"Embroideries, large wall tapestries, carpets, quilts and fabric wall hangings provide an attractive decorative focus to your walls."


Add Visual Interest To The Walls with large Wall Tapestries

From the sophisticated indian silk to the bold woven or embroidered European tapestries and the modern hand-painted canvases, fabric wall hangings represent one of the ways to display beautiful wall decor.
There are endless materials and ways to create a "one-of-a-kind" large wall tapestries in all shapes and sizes.


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What is Their History?


In South America, embroidered hangings used to adorn doorways, walls and shrines.

In past times, Ottoman dynasties commissioned the weaving of fine linen, cotton, silk and wool tapestries and embroideries to enrich the walls of their palaces.

On walls of larger houses in France and Spain were hung fine tapestries-with more functions: decorative and practical - they beautified the walls and were a sign of wealth, but also helped to insulate rooms against cold.

  • large-wall-tapestries This oriental tapestry( Art at Home) is set against a background of deep plum and burgundy colors and it has an intricate floral and geometrical pattern. The rosette in the middle gives balance to the whole assemble. Even more smaller and detailed patterns continue for the borders, unifying the tapestry.

  • large-wall-tapestriesOne of the most suitable large wall tapestries for a traditional or eclectic decor, this wall hanging called "Le Chateau de Monceau", is woven in United States and depicts the grandeur of French Renaissance and French royal homes( Art at Home).

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    MidModmom - Beatriz Macias

  • This fabric hanging is just gorgeous! It fits perfectly in this eclectic mix of old and new.
    It is displayed stretched over white canvas and I just love its color and texture!


    Scale of Fabric Wall Hangings - The scale of wall hangings in relation to the size of the wall is very important:

  • A fabric may be used to cover the whole wall area, the wall itself becoming the "accent" wall.
  • If the wall is big, to soften its impact on the room, a long fabric can be hung landscape, at eye level; or alternatively can be hung portrait style, dividing the area vertically. The ideal location for this situation? A deep stairwell, or turret.
  • While a series of rectangular fabric hangings hung in portrait format will alter the ceiling height, a series of narrow tapestries, hung landscape, will lengthen the look of the room.

  • Do you know how to display your tapestry? Check our page with tips onHow To Hang A Tapestry!


    Fabric Wall hangings - Are They Durable? - Fabric hangings are expected to be durable, and if they are well looked after, should last a very long time. However there are good and bad locations to hang them up.


    What a "good location" and what is a "bad location" for a fabric wall hangings:

  • Hung them above reach and far away from animals and small children: a study room, or bedroom.Suspended above a fireplace mantel or behind a piece of furniture like a bed, they provide an attractive decorative focus.
  • Don't hang a valuable tapestry in kitchen - constant variation in heat, humidity and air quality might damage them over time.
  • Bathroom is another place to avoid as well; because of the condensation, and damp conditions your fabric will rot.
  • If the wall hanging is made of wool, don't hang it in full sunlight or over a radiator. Sun rays will make even the richest colors to fade.
  • Don't hang them in a narrow hallway, where passers-by can brush repeatedly or catch against the hanging.
  • Share Photos of Your Tapestries


    Do you have an original tapestry or textile wall hanging?

    Would you like to share your tapestry wall decor pictures with us? It can be a full room photo or just the tapestry wall. It's very simple, just use the form below!

    It can be any textile wall hanging: tapestry, gobelin, canvas, a textile chinese scroll, as long as you decorated your walls with it.

    Tell us a little bit about it: what room did you arrange it in, how big is it, why did you choose that one?, etc…

    Show the world how YOU decorated your walls with wall hangings, and who knows? maybe your picture will appear in more than one page on the site.

    Get discovered!

    Share Photos of Your Tapestry Wall Decor

    What Other Visitors Have Said

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    Star Quilt Wall-Hanging 
    Several years ago, I made this small quilt wall-hanging. I saw it in a quilt magazine and decided to make it for my wall in the upstairs hall. My house …

    Patchwork Wall Hanging from Rajasthan 
    This is one of the patchwork wall hangings with mirrors that we brought back from India, my husband's home country. The intricate design and mirrorwork …

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