Hanging a largescale textile on a wall is a great use for quilts, tapestries or fabrics that are worthy of display but that are too delicate or precious to actually use on a bed.
Fabric hangings create sound baffling while adding color. They are also a great alternative to more lethal falling art in an earthquake zone.
But how well you hang a piece of fabric or a tapestry makes all the difference between dorm room decor and something that could grace the walls of a museum. Here are some good pointers culled from around the web.
Although these links are all about quilts, the same principles apply to hanging other types of textiles.
• The Center for the Quilt's How Should I Hang My Quilt: Instructions for museum-quality displays, small, medium and large
• Deborah Anderson's How to Hang a Quilt: This method is good for large, heavy fabrics and makes use of a muslin backing, stitches, and a dowel rod.
• The Great Lakes' Quilt Center's Guide: Covers sleeve-mounting, velcro-mounting, and frame-mounting
• Marie Miller's Quilt Care: Use quilt hangers (and buy 'em right here)