How to Hang a Zebra Skin Rug

Authentic zebra skin rugs, which are often sold in the United States through African suppliers, are valuable.

Since they are more decorative than functional, a more viable option than laying zebra skin rugs on the floor is hanging them. A hanging zebra skin rug will activate the entire space, while providing a sense of the exotic.

Cut three strips of handbag leather. Cut the strips 2-1/2 inches long and 7/8 inches wide.

Insert the strips through the D-rings, folding the strips and pinching the ends to make a loop.

Punch holes with a leather hole punch through the centers of the looped strips.

Punch three holes through the zebra skin and rug backing. Zebra skins are often placed with the head facing down. Place one hole at the top center, just under the tail, and two at the top corners where the back legs taper off.

Line up the holes of the leather strips with D-rings with the holes in the zebra skin.

Insert the rivet stems through the holes, coming in from the fur side of the rug. Comb the fur so it hides the rivet end.

Place the caps on the rivet stems on the back of the rug. Set the rivets by gently hitting the caps with a hammer.

Attach three nails or hooks to the wall. Make sure the distance between and height of the nails or hooks corresponds with the D-rings on the zebra skin. Hook the D-rings over the nail heads or hooks to hang the skin.

Things You Will Need

  • Handbag leather
  • Sharp utility knife or leather shears
  • 3 D-rings, 1" size
  • Leather hole punch
  • 3 rapid rivets
  • Hammer
  • 3 nails or hooks


  • You could also choose to place the zebra skin at an angle with the head facing upward.
  • If the zebra skin has a tail, tack it to the wall.

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.