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Hanging, Care and Maintenance Instructions

Here are a few tips on how to care and enjoy your new tapestry.

How should I hang my tapestry?

All our tapestries are finished with a secondary backing. On the back of your tapestry, you will find a sleeve or rod pocket running the width of your tapestry. This is sewn in to accept a rod or dowel, which should be securely mounted to your wall with appropriate brackets.

Follow the accompanying directions and install as you would any standard drapery rod.

HANGING
There are two ways to hang tapestries:

a) Wooden Dowel: A quick and easy way is to cut a length of round wooden dowel slightly longer than the rod pocket. Insert small cup-hooks into each end and simply place them over small picture hook nails or any other fastening system. This is quick, easy and cheap.

b) Decorative Rods: Purchase an extendable metal rod with finials (decorative ends). Use the brackets provided for the tapestry to hang ‘off’ the wall. For flush mounting, hang the rod over two picture hanging brackets hammering the nails at a 45-degree angle.

Elegant & Stunning Designer look: Show off your Tapestry and your designer skills by adding a pair of Corded tassels to either end of the tapestries to blend in and complement your existing décor.

How do I take off a crease from my tapestry?

CREASES & FINISHING
NB: Always test a small section of the tapestry for the correct heat setting before ironing. We accept no claims or liability for any instructions given below.

1. Finished tapestries: You may receive the tapestry with a few creases. To remove the creases: 1. Lay the tapestry on an ironing board or anything soft with a stiff backing with the tapestry back on the top 2. Place a soft cloth (muslin cloth or similar) along the crease 3. Carefully and gently steam iron the crease.

2. Unfinished tapestries:

To remove the creases:

1. Lay the tapestry on an ironing board or anything soft with a stiff backing with its back facing up

2. Place a soft cloth (muslin cloth or similar) 3. Carefully and gently iron the crease. Steam ironing is not recommended, however for very stubborn creases you use a steam iron.

3. Unlike a framed print, your new tapestries may not be perfectly square. The beauty of our tapestries is that they are individually woven on a loom and like any custom work may have some natural irregularities to retain the beauty and elegance of your tapestry. To help the tapestry hang better, we recommend using a steam iron to lightly iron your tapestries and flatten the ends on receipt.

How do I clean my tapestry?

Because your tapestry is mounted on a wall, it should not be subject to the same abuse as your carpet and upholstered seating; therefore it should need less frequent maintenance. (Although some have elected to place a tapestry on the floor as some of the designs lend them to this. Others use them as bedcovering or table covers, which is a traditional use.) Vacuuming the front and back of your tapestry once or twice per year, with your vacuum upholstery attachment, should be sufficient maintenance for many years to come. Consider cleaning your tapestries about as often you do your fine window treatments.

Your tapestry must be dry cleaned by an experienced drapery dry cleaning plant.
In some cities an Antique Tapestry Dealer or Oriental rug wash/ repair room may be of assistance in cleaning your tapestry.

My tapestry has a curl to it. What to do?

A curl in a tapestry is not unusual. Tapestries will bend, wave and curl and may change with the seasons and humidity differences. Dimensions of tapestries can vary by 1-2 inches. Some people recommend decorative weights be hung at the bottom corners. I do not necessarily like this approach. Although weights will help to keep the tapestry taut, over time they may cause excessive stretching on the sides and cause the tapestry to go further out of shape. Some have sewn drapery weights across the bottom of the backing. Evenly and regularly placed weights work well and apply less stress on one particular section.
My favorite and the easiest quick fix is to buy a wooden rod or dowel the width of the tapestry at your local hardware center. Cut the rod just a tad shorter than the tapestry width.
Now study how the backing is applied to the face tapestry. Find your sewing kit and get that little tool that opens up seams. About an inch up from the bottom open the seam just slightly more than the rod’s diameter.

Will the rod slide easily into the opening?

Now put a quick whipstitch above and below your opening to avoid future unraveling. Slide the rod in. Adjust it into place. With a little time, the even weight and rigidity of the rod will help keep your tapestry flat.

Will my tapestry fade?

Your tapestry is a textile and may fade as any textile might. In many environments, decades may pass before any noticeable fading occurs. Antique tapestries tend to be faded and washed out, and many consumers may actually find that their new tapestry's appearance improves with a little aging. (Some pay extra to have them washed or tea stained. If you wish to minimize fading, avoid hanging your tapestry in direct sunlight. In addition, closing drapes or blinds is a good precaution. Applying a window film or tint to reduce damaging ultraviolet light rays is also an alternative.

What sort of cleaning & Maintenance do I require for my tapestry?

1. An annual brushing with a soft brush is sufficient to dust your tapestry – or use the vacuum cleaner attachment. Be gentle.
2. Dry-cleaning: When required, DRYCLEAN YOUR TAPESTRY ONLY.