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Trend Alert: Modern Wall Hangings in Wintery Shades of White


Trend Alert: Modern Wall Hangings in Wintery Shades of White

January 6, 2022

Owners of drafty castles are well aware of the benefits of wall-hung textiles: tapestries and other fabrics provide a valuable extra layer of insulation. They also absorb sound while adding visual warmth and interest.

And we’ve been noticing of late that wall hangings can do all that in a modern, subtly geometric way: welcome to the era of the shades of white rug and quilt displayed as art.


armadillo&#8\2\17;s umbra rug is from its ellipse collection, designed in c 17
Above: Armadillo’s Umbra rug is from its Ellipse collection, designed in collaboration with another eco-conscious company, Louisa Grey’s London design studio, House of Grey. It’s custom made of undyed Afghan wool and can be ordered as a wall hanging or rug; price on request.
the sagara accent rug from the citizenry is handwoven in a workshop bhadohi, in 18
Above: The Sagara Accent Rug from The Citizenry is handwoven in a workshop Bhadohi, India, with fair-trade practices. Made of New Zealand wool, it comes in three sizes as a rug and two as a wall hanging; the latter starts at 2-by-3-feet ($230), maple hanging bar included.
from danish swedish rug design collective cappelen dimyr, the no.0\1 works as a 19
Above: From Danish-Swedish rug design collective Cappelen Dimyr, the No.01 works as a wall hanging and as a rug. It’s hand-knotted in India of unbleached New Zealand wool in two sizes, starting at $901.28 from Tigmi Trading. See two of the Cappelen Dimyr owners’ chic quarters in Kitchen of the Week: A Creative Couple’s Swedish Farmhouse Retreat.
the wool and silk perilune is another house of grey design from armadillo, avai 20
Above: The wool-and-silk Perilune is another House of Grey design from Armadillo, available as a custom rug or as a 3’3″-by-4’7″ wall hanging with an incorporated stainless-steel rod; price on request.
flag, a waffle weaving by hiroko takeda, hangs in a guest room at the rivertown 21
Above: Flag, a waffle weaving by Hiroko Takeda, hangs in a guest room at the Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, New York: see A Hotel with a Sense of Place.

For more colorful rugs that work as hangings, see Minna’s Shag and Pile designs.


interior designer lisa staton commissioned quilter pippin christiansen to make  22
Above: Interior designer Lisa Staton commissioned quilter Pippin Christiansen to make this Josef Albers-inspired wall hanging for a Seattle apartment. See more in A Quilt Inspired by a Beloved Abstract Painting and Josef-Albers-Inspired Colorblocks on Quilts, Rugs, Shower Curtains, and More. Photograph by Kara Mercer courtesy to Lisa Staton Interior Design.
brooklyn artist caroline z. hurley&#8\2\17;s indigo moon quilts, \$\295 eac 23
Above: Brooklyn artist Caroline Z. Hurley’s Indigo Moon Quilts, $295 each, can be used as baby blankets, throws, or wall hangings—her ash Quilt Hangers are $120.The quilts are made of linen with striped cotton backings and are stitched in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
twenty percent of profits from the women&#8\2\17;s equality throw, \$3\25,  24
Above: Twenty percent of profits from the Women’s Equality Throw, $325, by Louise Gray goes to Women Venture, which helps support small women-owned businesses. The cotton and linen design measures 54-by-72 inches and is made in Minneapolis. Louise Gray’s hickory Throw Quilt Hangers are $135.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the trend of hanging textiles as art?

The trend of hanging textiles as art involves using textiles such as tapestries, rugs, baskets, or quilts as wall decor.

What are some benefits of hanging textiles as art?

Hanging textiles as art can add texture, color, and warmth to a room. Textiles also have the ability to absorb sound, making them a great addition to a space with poor acoustics.

What types of textiles work well as wall art?

Tapestries, rugs, baskets, quilts, and other woven materials all work well as wall hangings. The key is to choose a piece that complements the style and color scheme of the room.

How do I hang a textile as wall art?

For smaller pieces, you can use picture hanging hardware or Command strips. For larger pieces, a curtain rod or wooden dowel can be used to hang the textile. You should also make sure to use a level to ensure the piece is hung straight.

Can I mix and match different types of textiles on the same wall?

Yes, mixing and matching different types of textiles on the same wall can create an interesting and eclectic look. However, it is important to make sure that the pieces work well together and complement the overall style of the space.

Where can I find unique textiles to use as wall art?

Thrift stores, flea markets, and online marketplaces such as Etsy are great places to find unique textiles to use as wall art. You can also look for textiles while traveling or by supporting local artisans.

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