You may be thinking, do the words “interesting” and “carpet facts” really go together? Well, maybe not to everyone, but we like to consider ourselves carpet fanatics. We love all things carpet or carpet-related. So for anyone else out there that may get a kick out of random information, we have made a list of interesting facts surrounding carpet. Keep in mind that wall-to-wall carpeting has only been around since the mid-1900s. So when it comes to “carpet” history we are really mostly talking about area rugs. 

 

The History of Carpet

The origin of the word carpet comes from the Latin word carpere which means to seize or pluck. Carpets used to be made from shredded or “plucked” materials bound together. The carpere PIE root, kerp, is also a root for Carpe Diem which of course means Seize the Day! Which is a cutting-edge interpretation of our lives as carpet cleaners. 

The oldest rug known to us was excavated out of the Altai Mountains in Siberia in 1948. Estimated to be at least 2,500 years old, it was buried with the prince of Altai. The weaving techniques and the design of the rug tell historians that the art of carpet weaving goes back at least 4,000 years. Fortunately, this one was frozen in ice which protected it from decaying.  

The first reference to using red carpet for marking the path of royalty was in the play Agamemnon by Aeschlyus in 458 B.C. It is believed that red was used because it was the most expensive and difficult to make. Making it an exceptional choice for people of high importance. 

Persians

traditionally wove symbolic colors into their rugs. When it comes to the color of carpeting, there is a lot to be set about what each color represents. Red is considered to bring wealth, beauty, luck, joy, and courage. Yellow, often reserved for royalty, represents the sun, power, and happiness. Green represented the Prophet Mohammed so it was not used often but when it was it would represent renewal or hope. Purple (often associated with royalty) would embody peace, spirituality, and wisdom. Black represented death so it was not used often in Persian rugs. White being the most prominent color in Persian Nain rugs speaks for purity, freshness, and innocence. 

When Hoover first came out with their vacuums they had a hard time selling them. People were often offended at the thought that there could be so much dirt in their carpets. Good thing they never got to see us remove an entire German Shepherd amount of hair from their carpets with our Zr Lifter®…

Dalton Georgia produces 70% of the world’s carpets and is considered the carpet capital of the world. It is there that a woman named Catherine Evans Whitener first had the idea for wall-to-wall carpeting. 

 

Carpet Speak

The word “rug”, as opposed to the word “carpet”, are generally interchangeable. However, anything smaller than 40 sq ft is considered a rug, and anything larger is technically carpet. 

The phrase “pull the rug out from under…” has been used since the 1940’s. A metaphor for having a sudden, startling, and hurtful change. Deriving from the phrase “cut the grass from under one’s feet” which has been used since the 1500s.

The expression “Carpetbagger” is a derogatory term for an individual from the North who relocated to the South after the Civil War. It describes an unwelcome migrant with nothing but a cheap bag on his back.

A common idiom for avoiding or hiding problems is “sweeping it under the rug” which is not something we suggest taking literally. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, one square foot of carpet can contain up to one pound of dirt before it becomes visible. So in reality you really could sweep quite a bit of stuff under there…  

 

Carpet Cleaning   

Carpeting is the largest air filter in your home. When properly maintained it can filter out dust and allergens and trap them. After a study was performed by Airmid Healthgroup they were quoted saying “effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air.”

Some wool carpets can be home to tiny beetles often called “wooly bears”. Using a special chemical in their stomach they convert wool into sugar serving as their food. 

The largest hand-woven carpet ever made was manufactured by the Iran Carpet Company. Measuring at 60,600 sq ft it was created for the Abu Dhabi mosque. It was assembled from 9 parts and put together inside the mosque. Can you imagine the amount of Zerorez vans it would take to clean that??

Those are some interesting carpet facts! Want to hear another? 

It is recommended to have your carpets cleaned every 12-18 months.

Have you had your carpets cleaned in a while? We can zerorezify® your home and remove dirt and allergens from your carpets. We can’t, however, get rid of any of the problems you may have swept up under there.