Area Rug Cleaning

CARPET HISTORY

Many centuries ago, shepherds began knotting wool into heavy woven cloth. These heavy cloths were developed into rugs that provided protection from the elements. Whether the first rugs were made in the Near East or Siberia is not clear. However, it is clear that over the centuries, rug making changed from a craft to a fine art form. The patterns, vibrant colors, and many knots per square inch produced beautiful rugs.

These early artisans showed amazing skill and ingenuity in designing, dyeing, and producing these prized rugs. Established trade routes carried this skill to China. When a personal prayer rug became a tradition of Islam, the spread of this religion to Spain and Eastern Europe took the necessity of a rug making with it. The Crusades further exposed Europe to these rug making skills.

Wars also spread the desire for the creation of rugs. Persians who were captured by the Turks became skilled artisans. The British began making rugs in the sixteenth century after the Muslims they had captured taught them.

The commercial carpet industry had its beginnings in England. This commercialization soon made names of English towns like Axminster and Wilton synonymous with rugs. It was an American, Erastus B. Bigelow, who invented the power loom to manufacture Wilton Carpets in 1848. For many years, the only width available for this carpet was 27 inches. These carpet strips were sewn together so carefully that the seams were barely noticeable. These woven wool carpets of Oriental design dominated carpet production until the 1940s, when the manufacture of tufted carpet was developed. In North America, tufted carpets have grown from a 10 percent market share in 1950 to an over 95 percent share of the market at the present time. Three methods are now used to produce some specialty types of carpet – needle punched, flocked, and knitted.

These rugs have made their way into our homes, and you won’t believe the difference when Action ChemDry brings back the colour and life to your area rugs. Action ChemDry has become the world’s favourite carpet cleaning company; they are also recommended by carpet and upholstery manufacturers world-wide and major insurance companies refer people to Action ChemDry.

With Action ChemDry, you can have area rugs cleaned in the convenience of your own home, without the use of harsh chemicals, solvents, enzymes and excessive soapy detergents. We will leave nothing behind, but beautiful, vibrant, refreshed rugs in your home.