Interesting Carpet Facts By CW Jones Carpets & Flooring Bristol
CW Jones Flooring has supplied and fitted all types of flooring a carpet over the last 55 years. You can come and visit us in our showroom which is one of the largest in Bristol and the South West, and one of our expert team will be on hand to help you choose your new flooring. C W Jones Carpet and Flooring are part of a large buying group and this means they can pass savings directly to you, offering you the lowest prices for domestic and commercial carpets and flooring. Thousands of different types of carpet and flooring available with remnant stock also available to view.
We pride ourselves on our friendly approach and excellent customer service.
If you need help measuring and planning for your new flooring our experienced and friendly staff can come to your home to provide a free quote and give you all the advice you will need. We offer an accurate measuring service and discuss all the different flooring we have available, such as; laminate, natural flooring, solid wood or carpet. Our estimating and planning team can advise you on different flooring designs to fit in with your decor, including the use of striped carpets or patterned designs to match your budget.
We supply the largest selection of carpets in Bristol, vinyl and wood in the South West from leading manufacturers such as BRINTONS, AXMINSTER, ULSTER, CORMAR, VICTORIA, PENTHOUSE, ALTERNATIVE FLOORING, WOODPECKER, and KARNDEAN.
When you have chosen your flooring we will arrange for our fitters to install your flooring at a convenient time for you.
Read our facts about carpet, and believe us there will be plenty in there you didn’t know….
1. Oriental rugs are carpets hand knotted only in Asia. Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal are some of the biggest rug exporters. Persian rugs are also Oriental rugs but they are made only in Iran which was formerly known as Persia.
2. Did you know that the first carpets ever made are thought to have been produced as early as 7000 BC? The world's oldest surviving carpet (the Pazyryk), is over 2000 years old. It was discovered in 1947 in a Scythian tomb in Siberia.
3. The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963
4. Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet
5. Carpet near a fireplace can get very warm, making it a perfect place for an odd little creature called a “firebrat.” It has a long, flexible body and can eat almost anything.
6. To make a carpet brighter, sprinkle salt onto the carpet and let it stand for an hour before vacuuming it. Salt is also an effective way of removing muddy footprints.
7. In the Middle Ages, floors were covered with rushes, which acted like a disposable carpet. If it got dirty, it was thrown away. Today, carpets are more permanent.
8. All carpet should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months to keep it in tip top condition.
9. The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.
10. The vacuum cleaner is based on Edmund Heming’s 1699 invention of a street-sweeping machine.
11. When Melville Bissell invented the carpet sweeper, “Bisselling” (rather than “vacuuming”) carpets became a popular term.
12. Vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century were very large, powered by coal, and required three people to operate them. Other early vacuums cleaners had to be parked outside a building and had long hoses that went through the windows. Yet another early version of the vacuum was installed in the house cellar and connected to a network of pipes that led to each room in the house
13. Club soda is effective in getting up fresh stains in carpet. Just pour some on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up.
14. To remove candle wax from a carpet, place a brown paper bag over the spot and put a hot iron over it. The wax will be absorbed into the bag.
15. 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.
16. When Hoover vacuums first came out, they were very hard to sell to consumers because people were offended by the thought that “their” carpets were so dirty!
17. 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.
18. 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.
If you are looking for a new carpet or flooring then visit us in our showroom located just off Hartcliffe Way in Bedminster, free parking and an accessible entrance is available. Pop in and see us and we will get the kettle on or give us a call on 0117 966 1454.