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Don Nash Flooring is an industry leader in carpeting and flooring, delivering satisfactory, customer-oriented results since 1987 with its vast assortment of carpet and rug selections.

If you have a time machine, you will discover that society has significantly changed from then and now, yet, you will also find that some things have not changed. The particular focus here is the carpet. A sandstorm rages outside a Bedouin tent, and inside there is a lush Persian carpet. Go to the opulent halls of Louis XIV, and you will find luxurious carpets too. Sail to the Indies and see Malay fishermen exchanging exotic rugs with Japanese merchants. While anthropologists cannot determine precisely when carpets and rugs were invented, it is safe to say that they have always been a part of human society and are associated with the development of trade, agriculture, and technology.

The Diverse Utilities of Carpets and Rugs

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Carpets have a range of functionality, including simple insulation from cold flooring, providing comfort for sitting on the ground, reducing sound, or just splashing color onto an otherwise dull room. A carpet can bring many styles and colors through different dyes and fibers. They also have an astonishing assortment of patterns and motifs to decorate their surfaces. Aside from domestic and ornamental use, people can find carpets in industrial spaces and commercial establishments. There is a wide range of prices and quality when considering a carpet or a rug, ranging from cheap nylon carpets to expensive handcrafted silk rugs to simple single-color floor mats.

Where Carpets and Rugs Have Found Use

The first carpets and rugs were probably made from animal leather, hides from livestock like goats and cows, but they were simple fare, enough only to lay on and provide warmth. There was no variety, no creativity, just raw practicality.

When humanity began to commit to large-scale agriculture, transitioning from feeding families to providing for larger settlements, there was a new steady supply of materials for carpeting: plant fibers. Some Neolithic communities discovered how to weave these fibers into threads and fabrics. Together with robust animal husbandry practices that offered hides and leather, there was a revolution in carpet design! Early artisans incorporated animal hair and fur into the fabric, and wool became a popular material for making garments, mats, and rugs.

You can find evidence of these developments in the Near East and Egypt.

Meanwhile, nomadic horse riders dwelt in the Eurasian steppes, and where shepherds tended to their flocks of sheep, the popularity of wool could be found in their clothing, tents, and carpets. A surprising discovery would be their use of carpet-like fabric to create mobile homes, such as the Mongolian yurt. Across the sea, in North America, Amerindian tribes were also weaving rugs but according to radically different styles and materials, primarily in association with their varied histories and mythologies.

In Siberia, wool production lent to the creation of the first modern knotted rugs, confirmed by the discovery of Soviet archaeologist Sergei Rudenko, who found the specimens frozen and preserved inside an ancient tomb. These were the so-called Pazyryk carpets; although dating from 600 BC, they still featured rich coloration, vivid imagery, and an almost “Turkish” style of knotting.

Rugs and carpets have always marked movements in history, especially concerning trade. Arab traders regularly brought wares from far-off places, like Persian rugs, to Europe. The Europeans, in turn, drew upon those designs and contributed to the manufacture and artistry, becoming staples of aristocratic spaces, beautifying floors, and walls.

By the late industrial age, carpet-making factories rose to offer more affordable and accessible products. What was once regarded as aristocratic pursuits were made available to the masses, including Persian and oriental rugs. And the development continues today.

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Don Nash Flooring

When it comes to almost inexhaustible carpet variety, Don Nash Flooring is stocked with various colors, textures, plushes, and patterns. Once a selection is made, it is readied quickly and adequately, ready to be installed at a moment’s notice. With Don Nash Flooring’s professional installation technique that’s been perfected over the decades, your new carpet will last for generations. Precisely measured and cut, smooth and seamless, when it comes to carpet options and installation, Don Nash Flooring is a quality investment!

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