The history of shag carpet
Shag carpets actually are not a new kind of carpet. They have been around since ancient times. The Greeks used these carpets to sit on the ground at homes and social gatherings. They also functioned to keep feet warm during the cold winter months. The Turks too favored this carpeting in their palaces. These carpets became popular somewhere in the 1960’s and 70’s in the United States. During that period, wall-to-wall carpeting was fairly new and people were exploring various types of materials to use as carpets. This is when shag carpeting was introduced and it immediately became popular because of its soft and fluffy feel and look. It became the preferred choice of wall-to-wall carpeting in the US. It was sometime in the 1990’s when several other carpeting options became available and this spelled doom for the shag carpet. It gradually faded into oblivion, but the 21st century is seeing the return of the shag carpet.
Resurgence of shag carpets
The history of shag carpet does not end with this carpet falling out of favor in the 1990’s. In fact, it has suddenly become popular again in many homes. When pictures and images of homes with “vintage” decor started becoming popular, these unique shag carpets started finding favor once again. People wanted the comfort and warmth of carpet, as opposed to the cold feel of tile or laminate flooring. As shag carpet has a luxurious look and feel, people started installing shag carpet in their kids’ bedrooms, master bedrooms, and main living areas.
Now and then
When these carpets were introduced, people did not have a wide choice in colors. Avocado green and harvest gold were among the most popular color choices in the ‘70s. Today, people have a wide variety of colors, from bold and vibrant shades to pastels and everything in between. These carpets also can even be customized to fit into outdoor living spaces. Some of the carpets have natural fiber incorporated into the weave, which ensures their durability and longevity. The shag carpet of today has shorter fibers, making it stand up better. Furthermore, shag carpets tend to last longer than regular carpets. Heavy furniture makes less of an impression on shag carpeting than other types of carpet.
The history of shag carpet has been long and memorable. Once again, shag carpet is back to adorning homes with its classic comfort and feel. If you have chosen to install shag carpet in your home, it is best to find a reputable and reliable flooring company for the best selection and professional installation. Gowdy Flooring is your one-stop shop, offering everything from a wide selection of flooring options to full service installation. Our flooring professionals at Gowdy Flooring are here to help you with all your flooring needs for your home or business, and so much more. Call Gowdy Flooring at (806) 353-6226 today, or click here to email us with your flooring questions. Browse our website to see our other products and services that we offer. We invite you to visit Gowdy Flooring’s showroom, located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas to see and feel our selection of shag carpet and see other flooring options.