History of Carpet
Thursday December 18, 2008
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Carpet has a long and proven history. Carpet actually originated thousands of years ago in Central Asia in the years B.C.
Carpet’s popularity then spread to the rest of Asia and Europe and eventually throughout the world over the next several
Because carpet is the most popular type of flooring today, most people might believe that its original intention was for
flooring when in fact carpets original purpose was for wall and table decoration. It wasn't until Persian rugs became popular
in the early 17th century that people started purchasing carpet for their floors. A few hundred years later, William Sprague
opened the first woven carpet mill in Pennsylvania, bringing to life the United States carpet floor industry; the largest in
the world today. It was in 1839, when Erastus Bigelow invented the power loom, that carpet production doubled within a year.
Later, in 1877, Bigelow invented the first broadloom carpet, again creating another boom in the carpet flooring industry.
During the last century, new innovations such as the invention of carpet made from polyester, nylon, rayon, and
polypropylene-olefin came into existence. During this time, tufted carpet (Carpet created by weaving loops or cut loops of
yarn onto a primary backing) overtook woven carpet in popularity. Prior to the introduction of bulk continuous filament nylon
yarns, only cotton had been used in tufted carpets. With new options available, tufted carpet quickly took hold of the
Since then, tufted carpet has remained dominant in the flooring industry due to its lower price and durability. Today
carpet flooring is a $9 billion industry, and there is no sign that it will be dethroned as the flooring sales leader anytime
soon. In addition to its already popular brands and styles, carpet has now entered the green flooring realm which has increased its popularity. Now you can find carpet that is made from recycled products or more environmentally friendly carpet components. If you would like to read more about this, visit FindAnyFloor’s history of carpet page.
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