PICTURESQUE

Three Types of Textiles You Can Frame

When you hear “textiles”, what comes to mind? A piece of cloth hanging on a wall in a frame? Not everyone’s first thought but it’s quite common. Hanging textiles is an out-of-the-box method for bringing some character into the home, especially if they’re made by hand or bought from a foreign country.

Silk scarves/handkerchiefs
Delicate hand printed scarves or those that have unique patterns are pieces of art in their own right. If you’re scared to wear it, why not frame it? It doesn’t belong in the drawer. They are a great conversation starter if you have several from the same designer from an older era. Have some Hermés scarves? Salvatore Ferragamo? Some random pieces you bought from a little Italian man in a back alley? Frame them.

Quilts
Framing quilts are a wonderful, homely touch. These textiles have a story; Nana made it for her first grandchild. This quilt won a blue ribbon at the show. I got this from a yard sale and it turns out to be worth ten times what I paid.

A quilt makes a nice hanging for an intimate space. Nurseries for younger children and guest rooms would benefit from a hanging like this.  

Tapestries
The Bayeux Tapestry is framed; in a temperature controlled room and nobody can get within a meter of it but it’s framed nonetheless! Exotic tapestries picked up from overseas trips are either suspended freely on the wall (by hooks) or in a frame. Framing it will help the tapestry keep shape. Hanging it freely will make it sag slightly if the material is a heavy weave.

Show off silk scarves that you’re scared to wear because of delicacy. Brag about the quilt that won a prize! Show your guests that exotic tapestry you got from your last trip. Hanging your textiles brings character to an empty wall and will free up some storage space.

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