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10 Historical Facts About Carpets

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

1. The first carpets were knotted pile carpets and were thought to have originated in Northern Iran around the Caspian Sea Area. The oldest carpet ever discovered was found in a tomb and dates back over 6,000 years.  

2. The word carpet comes from the Latin word carpere, which means “to pluck”. This is also the same Latin root word used in Carpe Diem. “To pluck or seize the day”! 

3. Carpets started out as rugs! Today the difference between a carpet and a rug is determined by its size. There was an old superstition that the boarders of a carpet protected whoever sat in them. 

colorful woven rug

4. Rugs and Carpets were originally knotted by hand! The most common materials were wool, cotton, silk and jute. Braided rugs were thought to have originated with Native Americans and were made with wool, silk, jute, cotton and hemp.  

5. The American carpet industry began in the late 1700’s in Pennsylvania, where they made woven wool rugs. The industry later boomed with the invention of the power loom in the 1830’s.  

6. The most common fiber used was wool and cotton until the 1950’s, after that nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and viscose were introduced and used. 

7. The term “carpet bagger” was used as a derogatory term, after the civil war, for northerners who traveled south. They packed up their belongings in bags made of carpet.  

heavily patterned rugs

8. Red Carpets have been around for longer than you’d think! They were used in rituals and for leaders, dating back even before Christ.  

9. The price of a rug or carpet is determined by its knot count (like thread count), design, the more intricate the higher the price and materials used. Silk is the most expensive material used for rugs and carpets.                                     

 10. The designs and patterns on a rug often had a lot of symbolism behind it. People weaved rugs for good fortunes and kept them in their  homes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

No matter if your carpets are colored, patterned, intricate or plain, Bakerview Chem-Dry can help lengthen the life of your floors! With regular cleanings and our protectant your carpets and rugs will look brighter for much longer! 


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