The Red Carpet, a Short History

The iconic carpet that leaves an indelible image in our minds

Perhaps no hue in carpeting history is so legendary as one: the red carpet. We have come to know it as the domain of modern celebrity, those stars who are closer to royalty than anything else. But the red carpet was not Hollywood's invention. Rather, it was a centuries-old tradition of delineating classes. Here are a few interesting facts about this special event carpeting:

  • Its earliest appearance in history dates back to ancient Greece. In Aeschylus' play Agamemnon, even a King hesitated to tread upon a crimson tapestry meant for him. Though he was a warrior returning home from the Trojan War, he didn't want to step on the red carpet because he was only a mere mortal. In fact, he was said to have met a bitter end when he did finally set foot upon it.
     
  • A more recent connection with fame and the red carpet is found in the travel arena. In 1821, the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe, walked upon a red carpet at his arrival by riverboat to South Carolina.
     
  • Train interiors are still frequently laid with red carpets to demarcate first class ticket passengers.
     
  • It wasn't until the Roaring Twenties that Hollywood jumped on board. In 1922, Sid Grauman laid a red carpet at the famed Egyptian Theater for the movie premiere of "Robin Hood." The rest, as they say, is now history.

These days, red carpets can be found in many public places, including cruise ships, movie theaters, progressive architectural buildings, and upscale events. No longer reserved for only celebrity, royalty, or deity, a red carpet just makes one feel special to walk upon.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet For You

Bloomsburg Carpet, Inc. manufactures quality carpets in a variety of colorways and styles. For more information about carpeting for your space, contact us today!

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A Short History of Carpet Weaving in the United States

Carpet Weaving began as early as the 1700s

It all began in 1791 when Philadelphia became home to the very first carpet mill. Other mills opened throughout New England in the early 1800's, but in 1839, the industry was permanently changed. It was in this particular year that Erastus Bigelow invented the power loom for carpet weaving. That loom doubled the production of carpet in 12 short months and by 1850, production had tripled. That famous loom is now safely housed in the Smithsonian.

In 1849, the carpet industry saw the development of the Jacquard mechanism and Brussels carpet was introduced in Amsterdam, New York. In 1905, the Shuttleworth Brothers Company introduced a new carpet called Karnak Wilton, which was so phenomenally successful that a new building had to be built in order to handle all the orders. In 1920, Shuttleworth Brothers merged with a carpet manufacturer based in Amsterdam and later became known as Mohawk Carpet.

Carpet making in America

It wasn't long until a retailer by the name of Marshall Field modified an Axminster loom in order to create a rug that was woven from the back, in much the same way Oriental rugs were made. In 1926, the Karastan rug mill was established, making Karastan rugs available for the first time to the public by 1928.

During the 1930's, there was an increased demand for bedspreads which led to the development of the first mechanical tufting machine. The needle was later modified on that commercial Singer sewing machine, allowing for thick tufts of yarn to be passed into unbleached muslin, after which a knife that was attached to the machine would then cut that loop. Eventually, the rows of needles were multiplied to create rows of tufting that became known as "chenille".

Mat and rug numbers increased immensely in the early 1940's and by 1950, nearly half a million bales of cotton had been used as this industry became the third largest cotton consumer of cotton grown specifically in Georgia.

In 1976, Raymond P. Habib founded the Bloomberg Carpet Mill. He was assisted by twelve experienced employees who were as dedicated to maintaining the intricate craft of carpet weaving as he was. Now, under the strong leadership and dedication of Raymond's son, Thomas, Bloomberg Carpet is experiencing continued growth and expansion. Their commitment to quality and luxury, sustainable carpets remains a bedrock of the business. In fact, they are noted as the only carpet mill in the world to offer Wilton, Axminster and Velvet carpet, all in the same mill.

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Bloomsburg Carpet – Made in America

Bloomsburg Carpet, Inc. manufactures quality carpet in the USA in a variety of styles and under the brand names; Silver Creek Carpet, Tuva Looms, and Bloomsburg Carpet.  The Bloomsburg Carpet Mill is located in the Susquehanna River Valley of Pennsylvania and weaves luxury carpet made in the U.S.A. 

For more information about the finest custom hospitality carpeting, please contact Bloomsburg Carpet today!

 

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New to the flock: Heather Shear Carpet by Silver Creek

A beautiful, versatile carpet for any room in your home, office or place of business

Heather Shear features 11 colorways with soft and sturdy 100% wool fibers. A random tip shear gives Heather Shear a beautifully tailored texture, perfect for any room setting.
 
 
 
 
 
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Color Trends in Carpeting: How to use alternating carpet patterns and colors in the same room

Add WOW factor to your carpet installation!

When carpeting your home, office or other space, using the same color throughout can look uninspiring. At the same time, it shouldn't look like a hodgepodge of floor colors. You can maintain a look of sophistication and design flair by using different shades of the same color when you use quality carpet in a space.

Examples of coordinating carpet shades and patterns that work

Neutrals — Using neutral colors for carpeting works well and goes with many types of design styles. For example, choose a light shade such as a sandy hue for the carpeting in the majority of your home or space. Then consider using darker natural-colored carpeting in a sunken or adjacent living room or formal living area that coordinates with the lighter hue. You may also do this with light and medium gray. Use the lighter color for the majority of your carpeting. Then select darker shades to highlight different areas in your home, such as an entertainment space or a library or even your home office.  However, the reverse is also possible, it just depends on what you like best.

Nature-Inspired — Using various shades of a color found in nature such as brown, green, or blue will also work well for carpeting. For example, you can select a dark, grayish green for your hallways where the foot traffic is highest. The darker color will help to hide any dirt. Then opt for a lighter green color for each of your bedrooms. A mint green will look fabulous in your living areas and keep the decor looking bright and feeling open. Blue suede and deep sea blue are also great shades to use in your home and look quite elegant with both traditional and contemporary decor styles.

Coordinating Patterns — Choosing to mix a pattern with a solid in a similar colorway is another way to create a wow factor with carpeting. A fabulous way to do this is alternating the two with a border. It works with either the solid or the pattern as the border. Choose a geometric pattern for the a transitional look or a floral design for a more traditional appearance. This look will work well in a hallway, a formal dining room, living room, or a master bedroom to give your space a distinctive flair that everyone will love.

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In a hospitality space, for example, you could also create a stripe pattern with alternating colors.  This could be a striking look in carpeting for a large event space, lobby or entranceway.

When deciding how to carpet a room create a unique high-end look by using multiple shades of one gorgeous color. Using only two or three shades works best to maintain a luxurious look.

For more information about installing carpet in alternating patterns and colors, please contact our design department at Bloomsburg Carpet today.

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A Showstopping Red Carpet

The bold, rich, beauty of the carpet adds to the entire experience

Bloomsburg Carpet Hospitality is proud to have our Axminster carpet be the canvas designers want to use for custom projects.

Bloomsburg Carpet Red Carpet Lyric Theater

The next time you visit the Lyric Theatre, New York City for a show, walk the red carpet and let us know what you think.

Bloomsburg Carpet, Inc. manufactures quality carpets in the USA in a variety of show-stopping styles. For more information about the finest custom hospitality carpeting, please contact us today!

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The Intricacies of Custom Cruise Ship Carpeting

Where big, bold color and style make a statement

Cruise ships are a singular symbol for luxury travel. No longer hosting exclusively niche markets, cruises have become increasingly popular of late for anyone and everyone who wants to sail the high seas in style.

The opulence aboard a cruise ship is without compare. From fore to aft, no detail is overlooked. Often, a cruise ship's entire brand rests upon a kaleidoscope of artistic touches. Many of the particulars may go unnoticed by the average cruise passenger, but each component contributes to an overall atmosphere of lavishness.

Cruise ship carpeting is no exception. A plenitude of intricate patterns and custom made designs exist right under passengers' feet. A cruise ship is a perfect home for such a utilitarian work of art.

 


 

Below are examples of custom cruise ship carpeting design patterns, and how they can affect the entire guest experience:

  • Linear Geometric Designs may orient passengers to their general location on the ship, lines or angles indicating fore and aft

  • Round or Spiral Geometric Designs can also point to a place, such as the grande piano in the central lounge

  • Asymmetrical Patterns may lead the way to a social hangout on the ship, like a bar

  • Floral Patterns are sometimes popular in formal dining rooms

  • Painterly Forms are great for carpeting around artistic venues, such as the art gallery

  • Environmental Designs can reflect the ship's destination or home port

  • Neutral Tones may be preferred in cabin walkways and state rooms

  • The Frills or fancy red carpet muffling steps in anticipation as the crowds head to the dining room or the theater

 

With a cruise ship's high traffic, the carpet needs to be the best available. A high quality weave that will stand the test of time is desired. Still, even the best carpets need to be replaced every so often. Cruise ship carpets are given an overhaul every few years depending on wear and tear, during a dry dock period when maintenance and refurbishments are made.

Bloomsburg Carpets Custom Design Studio is committed to providing the only highest quality in hospitality carpet craftsmanship. We pride ourselves on the time tested techniques we utilize to weave beautiful and finely designed work to compliment any space. We are guided by a pledge to employ environmentally friendly and sustainable methods, as many people in the cruise industry are as well.

For more information about the finest custom hospitality carpeting, please contact us today!

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Premium Style Meets Premium Performance

You no longer have to sacrifice pretty for performance.

Silver Creek's new Castaway Collection maintains it's designer-focused look while adding UV stabilized, wear resistant fibers. Add elegance to any indoor or outdoor space with a basket weave (Maryann), modern plaid (Skipper), and animal print (Ginger).
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Carpeting for your Boutique Hotel or Airbnb

Nothing is more inviting than a warm and comfortable carpet in your hotel room. Hospitality carpet at its finest.

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Carpeting is the perfect choice for small hotels, bed and breakfasts and even Airbnb's. As the former owner and acquaintance of a boutique hotel once said, "It's all about the feel when you walk through the door. You never get a second chance to make a first impression".

Why Carpet Should be Your Number One Choice

Whether in reception, sitting areas or bedrooms, carpet never fails to give guests that warm and welcoming feel every small hotel strives for. Its durability makes it look good day in, and day out. When selected to bring harmony to existing room decor and furnishings, it frequently is the final link that gives a room the Wow factor. Carpeting today comes in so many colors, materials, patterns, and textures that choosing the perfect design for each individual area can be quite challenging.

Balancing Your Hotel's Eco-Friendly Initiatives with Your Decor

Hospitality businesses are increasingly concerned about their personal impact on the environment, and are selecting materials for their businesses that minimize waste and encourage guests to reduce, reuse and recycle. Guests are encouraged to reuse towels and sheets for example, and in return businesses are promoting eco-friendly practices that they too are adopting – LED lights, programmable thermostats, organic cotton linens etc. Carpet manufacturers also embrace these goals and can be a major part of your eco program. Ask for Green Label Plus products and consider natural wool fiber carpets – the ultimate in a renewable and biodegradable resource.

What To Look For

Seeking the advice of a professional carpet manufacturer or dealer is one of the first steps recommended in any renovation or new design. It can, quite literally, save you hours of time – something few hospitality professionals or designers have much of anyway!

For example a reception area is typically a high traffic area. Every guest checks in here when they arrive and when they leave. Debris from shoes will enter into the building.

Carpet professionals have the experience to identify the best type and quality of carpet, taking account of foot traffic, climate, and eco-friendly considerations. A dedicated professional will also make recommendations to help minimize wear and tear on your building's floor surfaces in general – add door mats and grilles for example to entry ways to minimize the impact.

Ongoing Maintenance

Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping all carpeted areas pristine.

In the real world of hospitality, you will inevitably watch a cup of coffee spill or wine glass hit the floor. Address these mishaps as soon as you can. Spot clean that area with a recommended cleaning product and move on.  

Bloomsbury Carpet has the quality products and expertise to give your hospitality business the "Wow" factor. 

Contact us today to discuss your next carpeting project.

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How is Carpet Made? Here’s a peek inside Carpet Made in America

See how carpet at its finest is made in America

 
From yarn to carpet, this is American craftsmanship at its finest
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Watch how carpet is made
 
 
 
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Introducing Brand New Indoor / Outdoor Rug Collection

The perfect addition to any indoor or outdoor living environment.

 
Silver Creek’s Indoor/Outdoor Rug Collection features a high performance woven carpet that provides a UV stabilized, weather and wear resistant soft flooring product for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The durable polypropylene carpet is manufactured in 12-foot width and can be produced into rugs using our in-house rug fabrication services.
 
These Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are a spectacular addition for any indoor or outdoor living space. Consider for the home, hotel, country club, restaurant, or other hospitality environment.
 
 
 
 
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