This week’s Idea to Steal puts a whole new spin on a well-documented trend. Let’s be clear, hanging tapestry as wall art is no new idea. We’ve seen prayer mats, quilts, flags, woven fabrics – it’s all been done. Secondly, Beni Ourain rugs are obviously everywhere {So Haute documented their popularity nearly a year ago!}. I do agree with the masses, the rugs are gorgeous and thanks to some equally appealing knock off versions, now sit comfortably in just about everyone’s living room.

However, I have not seen this combo before!


A large, 8 x 10 rug hanging on the wall. Better yet, a large 8 x 10 Beni Ourain style rug hanging on the wall!

Somehow bringing the rug from everyone’s living room floor to the bedroom wall sheds a whole new light on this trend. The rug immediately adds warmth, texture and depth to a room, but even more so when on the wall. I’d love to see this look in a really industrial live/work loft. It’d be the perfect way to soften it’s hard edges.

Watch out! I think the Beni Ourain might catch a whole new wave and I will happily ride it!

Need more decor ideas? Check out the rest of the ideas we’d love to steal right here.

updated: photography by eve wilson, styling by lisa marie corso for Adobe Living via The Design Files

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  1. This is funny: in the Soviet Union this was a very useful tradition – to hang carpets on walls – because the walls of the Soviet buildibgs were sooo thin that carpets helped to prevent noise from neighbours 😉 especially at nights :))

    1. Thanks for the history lesson, Natalia! I might have to use this trick next time I host a late night party–keep my neighbors from hating me!

  2. A Moroccan wedding blanket would make a great wall hanging too – especially if you got one for your actual wedding.

  3. and here i’ve been looking for the perfect wallpaper for the past three years for one wall in our bedroom. i should have been looking for the perfect rug! what a great idea! love!

    1. Less of a lifelong commitment too! My family home has some once trendy, now ugly wallpaper that is just impossible to take down…

  4. How do you get it on the wall?? Especially without damaging it? Have heirloom carpet that won’t fit on floor of my small condo but maybe the wall…

    1. You should head over to Home Depot and get a tack strip, but be sure to ask someone there for advice before committing an heirloom to the wall!

      1. A tack strip? That would be strong enough to hold its weight? It’s a big carpet – maybe at least 12 x 12. Maybe works best with smaller carpets. Would love behind the bed or in living room – would make a great statement!

  5. REMOVE THIS PHOTO FROM YOUR WEBSITE. You do not have permission to use this photo! This photo was created by me, for my blog, The Design Files. As clearly stated on my website, you are required to ask permission before re-posting or stealing our original photography for your own blog, ESPECIALLY for commercial blogs such as this which draw an income from advertising. ALSO, your photo credit is completely wrong, it doesn’t credit the photographer, and you’ve mis-spelled my blog name.

    This photo was taken for The Design Files blog in Melbourne. I styled this shoot, it took many days to bring all the props and rugs together. We shot it in a studio which I lease, with a photographer who I paid. That’s why its important you ask permission before using photographs which are not your own. Because photos aren’t free – they cost money to make. It’s a significant investment for me as an independent blogger to create original photography for my blog. Clearly, I’m the only blogger who makes an effort to do this!

    YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO REMOVE THIS PHOTO FOR YOUR WEBSITE, or I shall issue you with an invoice for this photo usage.

    Lucy Feagins

    1. Lucy, I apologize you felt your image was used improperly. I have taken it down per your request. Apologies for any confusion.

      1. Wow! Way to handle an over-the-top reaction with class.

        It’s too bad — she obviously doesn’t read your blog or realize all of the original content you create.

  6. Lucy – it’s a compliment when others want to share your work. A kind note asking that Apt34 properly cite the source would have won you so much more in the long run. MANY MANY people read this blog and would have been exposed to your work and talent, but now those people would likely not want to work with you based on how you handled the situation. It’s unfortunate because your work was very good.

    1. Seriously. Well put, Amanda. What happened to an email?

  7. wow lucy. I’ve always been a fan of your work until now.
    totally what amanda said.

  8. Thanks for removing this photograph. It is clearly stated on The Design Files front page that our photographs must not be reposted without permission. When asked in advance we do allow re-posting, however that’s not what happened in this case. As this is a super popular blog, that makes it even more important to ensure you properly credit the photographer and original source of the image whenever you re-post photographs! It’s so important to do this when using photos you have found elsewhere, out of fairness to other bloggers and respect to the original photographer of the image.

    Amanda and Bron, thanks for your comments. Please understand that we do allow re-posting where permission is asked, but it’s actually not a compliment (or particularly helpful) when others share our work without mentioning The Design Files (which was previously not mentioned in this post), and without a photographer credit.

    1. It’s a shame, but you must not have read the post in your haste to react. The original post clearly listed your site as the source for the material and provided attribution / credit at the end of the post, including a link back to your site.

      As a long-time reader of Apartment 34, that’s how Erin has always done things.