There are many methods for hanging Navajo weavings. The manner of hanging should facilitate the regular vacuuming, turning and moth-proofing of your weaving, all of which are discussed herein. We provide the following summary as a reminder and mini-guide.
We prefer the use of Velcro to hang weavings. (We provide Velcro with all weavings that will be utilized as wall hangings as opposed to floor rugs.) We provide a 2" wide, sticky-backed, medium hook, white or black and acid free Velcro. This can be applied directly to the wall via the sticky back by removing the protective backing or, as we recommend, leaving the backing on the sticky surface and attaching to the wall with flat head thumbtacks pushed through the Velcro and the protective backing along the entire length every four to six inches. This method allows for moving the location of the Velcro and weaving without pulling the drywall down with the Velcro. Once the Velcro has been put in place, the weaving can be hung by merely pressing the weaving to the Velcro. This method allows for easy removal and turning during periodic cleaning. When removing a weaving from the Velcro, do so by pulling perpendicular to the wall rather than parallel. This will be the easiest on the fibers of the weaving and require the least exertion on your part.
If the weaving is small and/or a tapestry, you may desire to have the piece framed. Even with framing, however, Velcro is the medium for holding the weaving in place inside the frame. We do not recommend framing the weaving under glass, as this limits access to the weaving for cleaning and rotation.
Most damage to a weaving hung with nails or tacks occurs, not during the hanging process, but with the passage of time due to the weight of the piece pulling on the warp and weft, thereby stretching and distorting the piece. This stretching can be reduced by increasing the number of suspension points to more evenly distribute the weight. However, no matter how many suspension points you have, there is still a concentration of weight at the nails or pins, and this should be watched carefully.
There are commercial hangers available which are marketed under various names, e.g., "Wall Hugger," "Rug Hugger" and "Rug Hanger." These consist of two thin strips of wood between which the weaving is clamped and suspended. These hangers minimize localized distortion, but they cover up a portion of your weaving and detract from the aesthetics of the piece.
CLEANING AND RESTORATION