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9 things we bet you didn’t know about carpet!

Posted by: David Lanni on June 9, 2022

The Word ‘Carpet’

The word carpet comes from the Latin word ‘carpere’ which means to pluck and is related to the phrase ‘carpe diem’ or ‘seize (pluck) the day’!

The Oldest Known Carpet

The oldest known carpet which still survives is the Pazyrk carpet which dates back to the 5th Century B.C. making it over 2000 years old. It was discovered in the 1940s in a tomb in Siberia.

The Most Expensive Carpet

The most expensive carpet on record was a 17th Century antique Persian rug which sold at Sotheby’s in New York for a record-breaking $33 million, three times the guide price!

When you couldn’t afford carpet

For households who could not afford expensive rugs in 17th Century America, it was common practice for women to pour sand over the floor and use a broom to sweep in patterns.

To Sweep It Under the Carpet

The phrase ‘to sweep under the carpet’ was first used in the early 1900s and is thought to refer to lazy household staff who literally swept the dirt under the carpet rather than clean properly.

Carpet Bags and Carpet Baggers

In the 1800s, rather than use a large and heavy wooden or metal trunk as luggage, carpet was used as a lightweight and more practical alternative. Made to be portable and easy to carry yourself the ‘carpet bag’ was invented!

Not to be confused with a carpet bagger, which is a derogatory term for someone who invests in a member-owned company, hoping it will be sold and they will make a profit!

Disposable Carpets

In the Middle Ages, floors were covered with rushes, which could be thrown away when they for dirty a bit like a disposable carpet.

The First Carpets

It is not known when carpets were first produced, probably hundreds of years B.C., but it is through that they probably derived from Central Asia as an insulator.

Magic Carpets

Are there really magic carpets? Ask Aladdin.

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