Fun Facts About Carpets
Carpets have been here for quite a long time. Some reports show that they were used for thousands of years dating B.C. Originally, they were used for insulating cold floors but later people start using them as a decorative piece of furnishing. Carpets were regarded as luxury items because they were handmade and the process took a lot of time to be accomplished.
However, now carpets are pretty popular flooring option for many properties. There is an abundance of choice and numerous colours, designs and materials can be easily found at affordable price rates. Their maintenance is relatively easy – provided with weekly vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning occasionally, your carpet can serve you for the years to come.
In this article, we gathered some facts about carpets you may find interesting. You will probably be surprised by some of them.
- Do you know the story behind the famous 'red carpet'? It was originally used to indicate the route which is taken by very important politicians. The first known reference was made back in 458 B.C in the play written by Aeschylus 'Agamemnon'. However, now that privilege is also given to celebrities at events such as the Oscar awards.
- Speaking of red carpets, the longer one measured in the world is 5149m in Haarlem, Netherlands. Can you imagine how many professionals will be needed to carry out the carpet cleaning procedure?
- And then, speaking of long carpets, the longest one was made in Iran. Its designer was Ali Khaliqi – an Iranian artist - and it took 16 months to be completed by over 1,200 women. It measures the impressive 5, 625 square feet. The carpet was finished in 2007 and it is called the Qasr al-Alam carpet.
- The popular expression 'to sweep under the carpet' was first recorded to be used in 1963. It means “ignoring a problem or an issue”.
- The Pazyryk carpet is the oldest extant carpet found in 1949 in Siberian mountains. It is double-knot and it dates back to 5th century B.C. Its original red dye is still visible as it was preserved in ice in a tomb. The carpet was excavated from the grave of a Scythian prince.
- There is a rich symbolism in carpets. They have been associated specific meaning. Did you know that floral designs symbolise the paradise? Persian carpets, for example, symbolise heaven on earth. Some of the colours that are known to have a specific meaning are yellow – royalty; red – wealth, happiness and courage; blue – power, solitude, honesty; brown – fertility; green – hope and renewal.
- An antique silk Isfahan decorative rug from Central Persia sold for $4,450,000 in 2008, makes it the most expensive carpet ever sold at an auction.
- A fact that will probably make you frown – some study in 2003 showed that “Norovirus” - а stomach flu virus - can actually survive on the surface of a filthy carpet for over one month!
- The first commercial vacuum cleaner was designed in 1907 by James Spangler. He was a janitor at that time. The name “Hoover” came from the cousin of the president of the company – his name was William Hoover.
- Did you know that one square metre of carpet can hold about 1kg of dirt? To get the idea better, imagine that you are walking on about 5 cups of dust and dirt every time you make a step. Better be on good terms with your professional carpet cleaners.
So are there any carpet facts you think we have missed? Let us know!