Well, I suppose it depends upon your situation in life. When you own a home, the roof is the most important. For your daily life, however, choosing bare floors, hardwood over carpets, is another big decision. I've been lobbying to get rid of our living room carpet. My daughter is allergic to cats, and the carpet we have is a magnet for cat dander, plus 4 cats. I feel so badly! (Most of our bungalow is hardwood or tile, but the bedrooms are carpeted.)
Do you know your level loop pile from your frieze, saxony, plush or sculptured textures? From Berber, to high-low loop, corduroy, tip shear, or plush. Many, many choices.
Personally, I've gone through all the fazes Revere has written about. Fads in carpets. Who knew? Are you old enough to remember shag carpets? That was the 70s, but they are back!
History of carpets
|Sadie & Oliver play under the carpets|
Using cotton, flax, and wool fibers, was for the common folks, the royal families had carpets of gold, silk, and jewels. Pioneers with money brought hand-woven carpets from Europe, and those without money used deer and beer hides. Others invented the first recycled carpets using discarded clothing or textiles. You can see examples of these in the Smithsonian's American History Museum! They even have student learning activities regarding carpets!
It's one of the areas where patents came onto the scene, and well-documented at the Smithsonian!
|cats prefer carpet to tiles!|
Then, there are the different carpet yarns and styles. He includes illustrations, a glossary, and an index, but also:
- How to buy it
- How to install it or use pros
- Carpet padding –why or why not
- Maintenance –this is really important: vacuum cleaners, spot removers, do-it-yourself vs. the pros
- Characteristics and Managing defects –shedding, pilling, matting, snags, buckling.
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