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 centuries.

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 carpeting market.

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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