Some cotton can be stuck directly onto the wall, but it is usually preferable to attach it by first tacking it to battens or by shirring it ( 102-103).
Felt is available in a wide variety of colours. Because of its fairly dense texture and because it is reasonably hardwearing and does not tend to fray, it is probably one of the easiest fabrics to stick directly onto the wall ( 102-103). ?
Some of the more densely woven linens can be stuck directly onto the wall. However, for the less experienced decorator, it is probably easier to buy linen in wallpaper form. This is when the fabric is given a medium-weight paper backing to make it much easier to hang.
A silk wall-covering must surely be the most luxurious of finishes. Woven silk is given a backing of fine paper to create a particularly elegant wallpaper. However, this is not the easiest of papers to hang and it tends to get dirty and soiled rather easily. It is also difficult to disguise the seams.