A History of the Carpet Loom

Which American Carpet Mill has all three types of carpet weaves?

For thousands of years, carpets have added beauty and luxurious comfort to living spaces. Although it is not known exactly when and where the first carpets were made, historians believe carpets were first produced either by nomadic peoples to use as floor coverings or by settled populations as artistic decorations. A carpet found in the tomb of a Shiite chief in the Pazyryk Valley of Siberia dates to the 5th Century B.C. Its intricate design and fine workmanship provided both insulation from the elements and ornamentation.

Early Looms. Looms hold the longitudinal warp threads under tension while the transverse weft threads are interwoven in the warp. The vertical loom used by early nomads to weave carpets was a warp-weighted loom, with the warp thread hanging from a rod and weighted at the ends. This loom was easily dismantled and carried as the group traveled. By the 10th Century, settled societies produced carpets on horizontal treadle looms, which allowed for longer warp threads and more intricate design opportunities. And the weaver could sit while working!

Carpet Looms in America. Carpet looms made their way to America in the late 1700s. In 1791, William Sprague established the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia; soon other mills opened throughout New England. By 1839, Erasmus Bigelow developed the first carpet power loom, a mechanized loom propelled by a line shaft. Replacing the making of carpets by hand loom, the invention greatly enhanced carpet production in America.

Loom Additions. A Jacquard mechanism was added to the power loom in 1849. Using punched cards with holes that correspond to rows of design, the Jacquard loom is a precursor to the first punch card computers. The Jacquard loom creates opulent carpets – Axminster carpet with cut pile in intricate design patterns of up to 12 colors and beautiful Wilton carpet in which the multi-color design is combined with different pile options. A velvet loom employs a wire system, resulting in a wide variety of textures and colors and a thick soft pile. Because of their plushness, sound-dampening ability and beauty, Wilton and velvet weave carpets have graced the US House of Representatives since 1902. 

Bloomsburg Carpets Made in America. Bloomsburg Carpet, based in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania, is the only American mill that weaves Axminster, Velvet and Wilton carpet all in one location. Bloomsburg's state-of-the-art mill produces carpets from the highest grade materials, overseen by weavers passionate about their product and their art. Their exquisite designs, elegant textures and sumptuous pile bring timeless beauty and endless function to your home or office. And Bloomsburg carpets are all made in America, with superior and accessible service and rapid domestic shipping. Find a carpet agent or dealer near you – or to learn more about our plant and our products, contact us today.

To learn more about wool carpeting benefits and care, contact Bloomsburg Carpet Inc. today.

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Soak up the Sun with Bloomsburg Carpet’s Custom Size Rug Program

Now is a great time to bring the summer indoors with Bloomsburg Carpet rugs. These bespoke rugs are just in time for the summer heat. Enjoy your summer on luxurious American made woven carpet. 
 
Custom Rug Highlights;
•  Custom rug sizing on all in stock products
•  Serging or binding options available
•  Rug padding available
•  Crafted in the USA
 
For more information and to view our Bloomsburg, Silver Creek & Tuva product lines visit us at: http://www.bloomsburgcarpet.com/products/bloomsburg-rug-program
 

 

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How to Dry Your Wool Carpet After Water Damage

Get all hands on deck. You don't want mold to grow!

The many benefits of wool carpeting make it a popular option for your home. After a flood or a leak though, you'll need to act fast to dry the carpet quickly. The number one side effect of water damage is mold, and it can happen in just 24 hours.

Step 1: Remove as much water as possible.

Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove excess water from carpet fibers. Vacuum slowly to avoid damage but be sure to keep an eye on the fill line, so you don't accidentally spill back on the rug.

Another option is to use towels or other types of linens to soak up water from the carpet. Be sure to blot the areas, do not rub. Rubbing will cause fuzz and pilling. Walking across the towels is a good method for absorption. Remove wet towels quickly and continue the process until you don't see any more wet spots on the linens.

Step 2: Speed up the drying process.

Opening windows and using the ceiling and portable fans will assist with the drying process. It can take time for the carpet to dry completely, so keep the fans in place for a few days,. High power drying fans can also be rented to shorten drying time.

If you have a dehumidifier, have it active in the room as well. It removes any excess moisture which cools the room and helps prevent mold and mildew buildup. Further, drying out the air also speeds up the drying process.

Step 3: Check the padding and flooring beneath the carpet.

If there's water below the padding on the floor, follow steps one and two to get it to dry out.

If carpet padding is soaked through, your best bet is to replace it. The material makes it difficult to save, and it's the only way to prevent mold. Replacing padding is less costly than re-carpeting an entire area.

Step 4: Steam Clean your Carpet.

Finally, use a steam cleaner to sanitize and deodorize the carpet. 

It is possible to save wool carpeting after a storm or if a leak has caused water damage. The key is working quickly and allowing plenty of drying time. Doing so will keep the carpet looking and performing well for years to come.

To learn more about wool carpeting benefits and care, contact Bloomsburg Carpet Inc. today.

Bloomsburg Carpet is the only mill in this country manufacturing all three weaves; Axminster, Velvet, and Wilton. all under one roof, thus offering its clients a great deal of flexibility. The design studio also continues to challenge technology by creating innovative patterns and weaving structures that correspond with currents trends. Because of our strict adherence to only top quality standards, Bloomsburg manufactures exclusively woven carpets. Our stock lines include wools, wool/nylon blends, and 100% nylons.  Bloomsburg Carpet; proudly woven in the U.S.A.
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Happy 4th of July from Bloomsburg Carpet!

Bloomsburg Carpet is proud to be the only mill to weave Axminster, Wilton and Velvet carpets in RED, WHITE and BLUE and more… all under one roof in the USA!
 
From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy and Healthy 4th of July holiday!

 

To find out more about Bloomsburg Carpet designs, please visit our website to see all Silver Creek, Tuva Looms & Bloomsburg Carpet offerings.  Click here to find an Agent or Dealer in your area. 

Bloomsburg Carpet is proudly woven in the U.S.A.

 

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BEAUTIFUL BROADLOOM BY BARBARA BARRY

A modern take on tradition

Green Label Plus  |  100% Wool  |  American Made  

See the Barbara Barry collection here

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Purchasing Quality Commercial Carpeting for a Country Club and What To Know

Hospitality Carpet has a higher aesthetic standard to meet.

Members are often entertaining a client, business associate, or friend following a round of golf and they naturally expect their surroundings to be tasteful and even casually elegant. Complicating that is the fact that, like most commercial enterprises, the carpeting in a country club is going to receive a relatively high volume of foot traffic. Mix with that the food and drinks being served and you have a lot of considerations.  So how do you begin in your search to purchase for the perfect carpeting for the hospitality or country club setting?  

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  Process of elimination

 Carpeting a commercial area with an Olefin fiber carpet is not a good idea since it does not tend to perform well in areas with high foot traffic. Olefin is undeniably less expensive than nylon fiber carpeting, but if it's not going to stand up over time, and you'll end up having to re-carpet sooner, are you really saving money? The other type of commercial carpeting is nylon, which
is better for high-traffic areas that are also likely to be occasionally subjected to soiling from food and drink. (It's easier to clean nylon carpeting, especially when it's been treated for stain resistance).

 

Narrowing the Field

Having established that nylon is the best choice, you're now left to decide on pile choice. Level loop has small loops, and cut pile is short and plush. Each has its advantages, and while cut pile works best in an office setting, loop style and cut-pile perform best in high-traffic areas. 

Bloomsburg Carpet is always looking to provide faster service without sacrificing quality, leading us to equip our looms with modern jacquard abilities. This update grants the end user the capability to make unlimited design pattern choices.

Gripper-Jacquard Axminster looms provide color flexibility of up to 12 colors.  This gives the axminster weave great versatility, thereby making it one of the best options for hotels and hospitality contract carpeting.

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Determining the Area

When measuring a large space for new carpeting, it's best to round-up to the nearest foot so that you're not short on the amount of carpet needed. Better to have some scraps than to not have enough!

Complete your purchase with Confidence

  • Regardless of your budget, buy the highest quality commercial carpet you can afford and consider it an investment in your business that will last longer than less expensive, lower-quality alternatives.
  • Bear in mind that while style and appearance are quite important, they are secondary to durability in a country club or hospitality setting that gets both heavy foot traffic and exposure to spills.
  • Bear in mind that solid colors with flecks hide soil better than carpets that are completely uniform in color. Pattern also helps to hide soil, but stay away from dark colors, which will show lint, especially in a space with large windows overlooking a golf course!

 

Bloomsburg is the only mill in this country manufacturing all three weaves; Axminster, Velvet, and Wilton. all under one roof, thus offering its clients a great deal of flexibility. The design studio also continues to challenge technology by creating innovative patterns and weaving structures that correspond with currents trends. Because of our strict adherence to only top quality standards, Bloomsburg manufactures exclusively woven carpets. Our stock lines include wools, wool/nylon blends, and 100% nylons.
 

Bloomsburg Carpet is the leading manufacturer of quality commercial hospitality carpeting that is made in the USA! Contact us today to find a dealer near you!

 

Bloomsburg Carpet is proudly woven in the U.S.A.

 

 

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Luxury Underfoot: Why Carpet Beats Hard Flooring in the Bedroom

Few things feel more luxurious than stepping across plush carpet on bare feet. It's like a pillow for your toes! Carpeting your bedroom may be one of the best design decisions you'll make in terms of creating a luxurious and comforting bedroom.

Carpet for the Bedroom.

Aside from the sensory pleasure of a carpeted bedroom floor there are other reasons for choosing carpet for your bedroom. Quality carpeting makes a smaller bedroom seem more expansive, muffles noise, and creates a sense of luxury that's fitting for the room whose main purpose is to help you feel relaxed and ready for sleep. Let's take a closer look at a few reasons it makes sense to carpet the most personal space in your home …

Carpeting Helps Keep Noise to a Minimum

Carpeting has sound-insulating qualities that makes it the ideal flooring choice for second-floor bedrooms. It helps keep noise from night-owls on the floor below from bothering you. In fact, many condo by-laws require carpeting for just that reason — sound travels, and carpet absorbs much of it.

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Makes a Bedroom Feel Cozy

If you live in a climate that has cold winters, you want all the coziness you can get, and nothing makes a bedroom feel cozier than a carpeted floor. Add its insulating qualities and you've got a room that not only looks cozy, but feels warm and cozy too!

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Carpeting Can Add Texture to a Neutral Room

Monochromatic color schemes are great for bedrooms because they're so calm and restful looking. But in order to keep a one-color room from being boring, it's important to introduce texture and tonal variations. The right carpeting can do both.

Carpeting Feels Great

Imagine stepping out of bed in the morning and sinking into cloud-like softness rather than something cold and hard. Installing plush carpeting in the bedroom can let you experience that feeling every single morning. Use good quality padding to multiply the effect and extend the life of your carpeting.

Carpeting is Luxurious

One of the reasons hotels use carpeting is because it makes their rooms feel more luxurious. The fact that it's hard to find a hotel that doesn't use carpeting in its rooms is no accident!

If you're considering carpeting your own bedroom, a baby nursery, or guest room, consider the vast array of styles offered by Bloomsburg Carpet, Inc., weaving fine carpeting with time-tested American craftsmanship and quality for nearly four decades. We're proud to be known for being the only carpet mill weaving WiltonAxminster, and Velvet luxury carpet under the same roof.

Contact us today to find a Bloomsburg Carpet dealer near you!

To check out more Bloomsburg Carpet designs, please visit our website to see all Silver Creek, Tuva Looms & Bloomsburg Carpet offerings and to find an Agent or Dealer in your area. 

Bloomsburg Carpet is proudly woven in the U.S.A.

 

 

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Say Hi to a New High-Speed Loom at Bloomsburg Carpet!

You can't spell Bloomsburg Carpet without "Looms"

Bloomsburg Carpet is proud to announce the addition of a new high speed Axminster loom, the first of its kind to be installed in the U.S.A. Bloomsburg Carpet has had the privilege of supplying American made Axminster to some of the most prestigious installations across the country. This new loom will continue the Bloomsburg Carpet tradition of weaving the highest quality carpet right here in the U.S.A.
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Axminster carpet has long been the hospitality carpet of choice for a variety of installations, ranging from hotels and casinos, to country clubs and theaters. Our in-house design team offers a wide range of patterning and color options, creating amazing custom carpets for any space.
 
To check out some of Bloomsburg Carpet's past hospitality carpet and other installations click here

To find out more about our high end carpet and to check out more Bloomsburg Carpet designs, please visit our website

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Choosing Earth Friendly Carpet

Together, we can carpet the world green!

If you care about preserving the environment for your children, their children and all future generations, you're probably already doing things to help protect and preserve the planet such as recycling and curtailing waste where you can.  Perhaps you're driving a more fuel-efficient car, as well as making sure that your home is well-insulated, keeping your HVAC system tuned and operating at peak efficiency, etc.

It is important to keep sustainability in mind when choosing furnishings and flooring for your home. Did you know that there are some companies in the furniture and flooring industries that are doing their part to preserve the environment, too? Bloomsburg Carpet, Inc., manufactures its carpets right here in the U.S., focusing on sustainable manufacturing techniques and yarns like our Bloomsburg Nylon and Zeftron® Enviro6ixTM fibers, which are 100% recyclable.

We do this knowing that nylon is the most popular type of synthetic carpeting because of its durability, beauty and price. If people are going to buy it, we feel it's our responsibility to make it sustainable as well as beautiful.

Bloomsburg Carpet is also a leader in providing carpeting to historic buildings such as Radio City Music Hall, the U.S. Supreme Court and the House and Senate Chambers of the U.S. Capitol, which traditionally used sustainable materials such as cotton, wool and jute. Our wool is from New Zealand, and is natural, beautiful and grown in ways that preserve the environment. It's another way we strive to do our part to create beautiful carpeting that won't deplete or further degrade the environment. In fact, most of our carpets are designated Green Label Plus, which indicates a higher standard for indoor air quality.

As Earth Day 2017 approaches, we encourage you to give a salute to sustainable manufacturing — not only by purchasing and enjoying the quality and beauty of Bloomsburg carpeting, but by doing your homework and furnishing your home with products from other manufacturers who prove that they care about preserving this beautiful planet for all future generations!

To find out more about practices in manufacturing our high end sustainable carpets and to check out more Bloomsburg Carpet designs, please visit our website to see all Silver Creek, Tuva Looms & Bloomsburg Carpet offerings and to find an Agent or Dealer in your area. 

Bloomsburg Carpet is proudly woven in the U.S.A.

 

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Silver Creek, by Bloomsburg Carpet is cooking up something new: Stromboli!

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Stromboli is a 100% wool, velvet weave carpet, fashioned with a luxurious nubby texture. 10 new and unique colors, ranging from “Alfredo” white to “Tapenade” taupe, Stromboli is an exciting compliment to any space.

All Bloomsburg Carpet products are Green Label Plus and proudly
made in the USA.

To find out more about our high end carpet and to check out more Bloomsburg Carpet designs, please visit our website to see all Silver Creek, Tuva Looms & Bloomsburg Carpet offerings and to find an Agent or Dealer in your area. 

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