Tapestries are decorative pieces of artwork just like paintings. If you don’t want it to be damaged, it is best you learn how to properly take care and clean it.
The first thing you have to know is how to properly display it. Since most tapestries are hung, look for the sleeve or rod pocket located at the back. It is there so that a dowel or rod will be able to go in and then you can put this securely over the brackets.
If this was delivered to you by parcel, it may have some creases. To fix it, get your iron and use it gently over the affected area.
When it comes to cleaning tapestries, the good news is that it does not require a lot of maintenance. You just have to vacuum it once or twice a year both in the front and back. Never wash your tapestry as this could ruin the fabric. This can be dry cleaned but make sure this is done by a company that specializes in dry cleaning this item.
There are times that your tapestry may bend, curl or look like wave and this is usually caused by a change in the weather. One way to fix it is to put weights at the bottom corners. This should be placed evenly so you don’t apply too much stress to just one section of your tapestry.
Another option will be to get a wooden rod or dowel and also put this on the bottom corner of the tapestry. To do that, you have to create your own sleeve in the bottom and then insert a rod that must be a little shorter than the tapestry that should do the trick.
Tapestries may fade due to direct sunlight. To prevent that from happening, put it somewhere else or apply window film or tint to reduce the amount of ultraviolet light coming from the window.
For those who want to give their tapestry an antique look, you can try having it washed or tea stained. Again, make sure this is done by a professional to prevent it from being damaged.
If you have children in the house, make sure the tapestry is out of their reach. If they pull on it, they could damage the fabric. The same goes if you plan to use the tapestry as a rug because your pet could chew it to pieces.
Tapestries are not only hung on walls because they can also be used as a rug or a throw. It is your option how you want to display it but just remember how much you paid it.
You can easily find tapestries for sale in your neighborhood store or online. Since there are so many designs to choose from, you are sure to find something that will match your home. If you want to display one design for one season and another in the following months, knock yourself out because if it is not available in one store, you are use to find it in another.
It is one thing to buy a tapestry and another to take care of it. By following the instructions mentioned, the tapestry you have is sure to last for many years before its time to replace it with a new one.