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.
Rugs 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Quilts 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. 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. 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.