Carpet has been a vital part of the flooring industry since the beginning. Here are some excerpts of this essential product’s history, taken from the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) website at carpet-rug.org.
“The carpet industry in the United States began in 1791 when William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia. Others opened during the early 1800s in New England. In 1839, Erastus Bigelow permanently reshaped the industry with the invention of the power loom for weaving carpets. Bigelow’s loom, which doubled carpet production the first year after its creation and tripled it by 1850, is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections. He continued to devote his life to innovation—35 separate patents were issued to him between 1839 and 1876. Bigelow introduced the first broadloom carpet in 1877.