Thursday, 19 February 2015

Interesting fact: how did they keep the carpet/rugs clean in the 19th century?

The Young Trio by Edward Villiers Rippingille
    Date painted: 1829


One of the most common strategies of keeping carpets clean in the early nineteenth century was to use druggets, heavy woolen goods spread under tables to protect carpet from spills.


They are sometimes called crumb cloths.

In addition to dining rooms they were used in other areas of heavy wear.

E.V. Rippingille painted The Young Trio in 1829 showing a drugget protecting carpet in a parlor where children are at play.


Source: http://www.burrows.com/carpetcleaning/index.html

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