- The term ?carpet? derives from the Latin carpere, ?to pluck,? probably because carpets were made from unraveled ?plucked? fabric. ?Carpet? has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally ?pluck/seize the day.?
- The phrase ?to sweep under the carpet? in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.
- The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.
- The vacuum cleaner is based on Edmund Heming?s 1699 invention of a street-sweeping machine.
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