What is and who uses velvet carpet?

High quality is the key to purchasing American made velvet carpeting.

Plush, rich, thick and luxurious velvet carpet often outlasts its buyers lifetime, lasting generation to generation, owner to owner.

As defined by Merriam-Webster.com:  velvet carpet-noun: a carpet or rug having a cut pile; esp tapestry velvet carpet

Velvet carpet is traditionally a high-end carpet, often considered the most formal types of carpets for well over the last 150 years.  In this article we will not be discussing velvet fabric but the velvet weave, which in the manufacturing of carpet, is actually a rather simple process in comparison to other modern carpet weaving processes.  Single and double beam looms allow for time tested beautiful products to roll off the manufacturing line at Bloomsburg Carpet in Pennsylvania.  The process for achieving color and textural patterns in the weave is described in full at bloomsburgcarpet.com.

diagram of how velvet carpet is woven

A Single Beam loom generally is used for making solid-colored carpets, while a Double Beam loom allows for more color and pattern versatility.

The simple form of the velvet weave allows for a thick plush product that has many excellent qualities.  It is perfect for sound deadening a large room due to the massive surface area of its thick pile, and that same thick pile is great at hiding dirt and known for lasting well beyond a carpets normal wear life, making velvet carpet an excellent choice for high traffic public office buildings.

Portion of page 203 Congressional serial set 1902 describing velvet carpet purchase

The US House of Representatives has seen fit to line its chambers with velvet carpet since 1902.

Velvet weave carpet has been the choice of the US House of Representatives as far back as 1902. It was in 1902 that The House laid thousands of yards of Wilton and Velvet Weave carpet throughout its building, not only the public areas like the House Chambers and the large dining room and dais where the government may need to make a statement of power and wealth but more intimate areas, where comfort and quiet were often necessary. These areas included Committee on Appropriations, Stationary Room, Naval Affairs, House Library, Committee on Military Affairs, Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Ways and Means, the Speakers Private Room. All of these areas that people worked in tirelessly seeing to the countries business.  The carpet in the House of Representatives has been described as peacock blue with gold.

Of course The House of Representatives is not the only building in our Nations Capital to use velvet carpet, the Senate Chambers also are carpeted with velvet carpets.  The original Senate Chambers carpet was crimson with gold stars. The original chambers were used also for the US Supreme Court from 1860-1935 after a larger room was designed for the House Chambers.  Of course at some point these well used carpets have been historically reproduced.

The easy to care for, long wearing nature of plush velvet carpet makes it the perfect flooring choice for offices, and public spaces where noise may be an issue such as colleges and libraries.

You can be sure that if your office is in need of velvet carpet it can be made in the USA by Bloomsburg Carpet, Bloomsburg, PA.


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