Since approximately 27,000 BC (Before Carpet), when our prehistoric ancestors
used animal skins to cushion and warm their cave floors, carpet has been a basic
feature of human domestic existence. What would our lives be without carpet
crawlers, play vacuums, rug burns and the proverbial brown ring where the potted
plant once sat?The evolution of carpeting through the
years has been affected by social, economical and fashion developments. (Can you
say, “shag?”) Many ingenious and important advances in manufacturing technology
have been made in the pursuit of better forms of the soft stuff.For
example, in 6000 BC, goats and sheep were sheared for wool and hair, which was
then spun and woven. In 1000 AD, Marco Polo discovered rug making in Central
Asia using a technique that traders spread to Persia, India, China and North
Africa. And in 1946 AD, the first Las Vegas casino opened its doors, giving way
to dizzying patterns and color combinations never before imagined.Today,
carpet is the most popular choice for floor covering. It’s inexpensive. It’s
quiet. It’s comfortable. It’s easy to install and replace. It can hide subfloor
irregularities. It can be installed over almost any surface. Carpet offers more
options for color, texture, tone and hue than any other floor
covering.From casual to formal, solids to patterns, plush to prickly,
there are carpets available today to compliment any interior (or exterior!) and
provide years of performance and beauty for your home.
If our ancestors could see all the choices we enjoy today, they’d be . . .
cutting a rug!