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Hanging and Caring techniques for Indian Tapestries

The following suggestions hold true for all patchwork Indian tapestries or wall hangings.

- In general, tapestries look best when hung 4"-6" away from the wall. Unlike framed art, hand crafted Indian tapestries are not perfect rectangles or squares. Slight hanging undulation is to be expected and actually adds to the character of the wall hanging.

- Best when matching hanging rod, finials & drapery rings with clips are used. Several tapestries also do have a pocket sewn into the back of the lining - a hanging rod can be inserted through this pocket.

- Ideal viewing distance is 8'-12'. This allows best appreciation of the color, mirror work, bead work & embroidered patterns.

- Avoid direct sunlight on the textile. Almost all Indian patchwork tapestries are made with vintage textile patches and direct sunlight can degrade vintage fabric rapidly.

- Any creases in the tapestry can be removed by careful pressing in non-steam mode on the reverse side. Using the steam mode can irreversibly damage a patchwork beaded or Gujarat banjara Indian tapestry.

- Unlike woven tapestries, Indian patchwork beaded tapestries must not be brushed. The textile patches and beadwork are delicate and brushing invariably unravels a few beads. Banjara embroidered tapestries may be lightly brushed.