Carpet Jeopardy: 10 Fun and Interesting Facts about Carpet!

Carpet FactsI’ve scoured the internet and found 10 really interesting facts about Carpet. While this was a bit of a daunting task, I’m confident that if there is ever a category for carpet on Jeopardy, you are bound to see one or two of these amazing facts.

Carpet Fact 1

The term “Carpet Bagger” was an incredibly derogatory statement that described the Northerners during the Civil War. Why Carpet Bagger? Northerners actually carried all of there possessions with them while traveling to various battle locations. These travel bags were made of carpet.

Carpet Fact 2

An awesome way to make you carpet’s colors brighter is by sprinkling a layer of salt onto the carpet and allow it to sit for an hour. Vacuum it up and enjoy the revitalized color.

Carpet Fact 3

If you want your carpet to last the long haul, it is important to have it cleaned by a professional every year to a year and a half.

Carpet Fact 4

“Magic Carpet Ride,” a popular song by Steppenwolf of Canada appeared at number 3 on the US charts in the 1960′s. This song was the second by Steppenwolf to take the U.S. by storm, the first was “Born to Be Wild.”

Carpet Fact 5

If you keep your carpet properly clean and maintain it well, it can improve the quality of the air in your home! This is because it traps dust and allergens, and when it is cleaned (properly)  you eliminate all of the particles from stirring back into the air.

Carpet Fact 6

When Hoover vacuums first came out, they were very hard to sell to consumers. Why? Because people were offended by the thought that “their” carpets were so dirty!

Carpet Fact 7

The red carpet was not introduced to the world through celebrity events. It was originally used for marking ceremonial and formal roots for leaders and politicians alike, and was first recorded in discussion during Agamemnon in 458 B.C. by Aeschylus.

Carpet Fact 8

Oriental carpets were considered prized artifacts in Europe in the Middle Ages. This was so, because the crusaders would return home with them followed by stories of travel and adventure.

Carpet Fact 9

“Carpet” comes from the Latin term carpere. It means “to pluck” because at this time you generally had to pluck unraveled fibers to make them. Carpet also share the Latin root with the word “Carpe Diem,” which means to “pluck or seize the day!”

Carpet Fact 10

The oldest carpet that still exists today is 2,000 years old. It is called the Pazyryk carpet and it was found in a Scythian tomb in Siberia in the 1940′s.

I hope you enjoyed these tidbits of information, you never know, you may find yourself in need of the knowledge one day. If you find anymore interesting facts about carpet, please feel free to post below.

Thanks for reading and Until next time, Happy Home and Flooring!

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