People were just walking all over it.

WOW! That is the only word I could say after I was told something new the other day by a very pretty co-worker of mine. Now I realize that this may not make everyone's eyebrows out there raise some like it did mine, but I figure that there's at least one other person out there in this big world of ours that might say WOW as well. That's the whole reason I decided to write a 700 word hub on this exciting news. The topic is not new, and believe it or not, it's about a rug. Not just some ordinary every day rug, but a very old rug with an interesting past. This is a rug in which over five million people have walked on, left behind spills, and ground in food stains all over the rug.

What really made me say WOW, was the fact that the rug was only cleaned up on one end. Half of the rug remains in the exact same filthy state, while the other half of the rug was cleaned and returned to it's original beautiful condition. I wondered if the dirty half of the rug smells. After asking my pretty co-worker who has personally seen this rug, this same exact question, she replied no it doesn't smell. This wasn't just some ordinary run of the mill rug, but a high quality machine-made Oriental rug. What made me say WOW even more was that this rug didn't come from some far off place in the Orient, but it came from the Karastan plant in the Southern part of the United States.

Karastan has been around since the 1920s, and they've been making high quality Oriental rug designs that are almost impossible to distinguish from the Oriental imported rugs. Some very smart person that worked at the company came up with the great idea to invite the world to walk on one of their high quality rugs. So what better of a place to do this than at a world's fair. So when the world's fair came to Chicago, Illinois from 1933 through 1934, so did their rug. They were so confident and proud of their rugs that they decided to go one step farther, and do it all over again to prove it wasn't a fluke. This time over nine million people walked over another one of their Karastan Oriental rugs at the New York world's trade fair from 1939 through 1940.

Now today almost eighty years later that same exact rug from the 1933 through 1934 world's fair no longer gets walked on. But it still travels around so that people can see what it looked like after five million people walked all over it. Most of these people that originally walked on that rug probably aren't even around in this world anymore. World war two came, and has past. There are countries from that time that aren't around any longer, and countries that weren't around at that time that are here today. Think about all of the rugs that were around in 1933 that are in land fills today. But that rug and half of it's dirt still has people saying WOW!

It's like I said at the beginning of this hub, and that is that not everybody out there will find this old rug all that interesting. But think about an old antique glass milk bottle. Some of those old milk bottles today are very valuable, and worth a lot of money. But I'll take it a step farther, and think about just who may have drank all that milk out of that old milk bottle. Was it a small child, and how old are they, and where are they now. Take a priceless old antique chair, which collectors only look at now, and won't sit in. Imagine all of the people who sat in that old chair, and what activity they must have been doing while sitting in it. All old things have a history to their past, and all that I can say about that old rug that's still half dirty is - WOW!

just incase you've never seen a pile of dirt before ........................

Since I was unable to locate & show you a good photograph of the actual rug, I thought that I could at least show you what a pile of dirt looks like.
Since I was unable to locate & show you a good photograph of the actual rug, I thought that I could at least show you what a pile of dirt looks like.

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stessily 4 years ago

TheHoleStory, Yes, this tale merits raised eyebrows! Very interesting and well done.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have not seen the display but I can imagine the dirt ingrained into the material! Interesting read and one that makes you think about our common habits.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I looked and looked at that final photo, ths, searching for the pile of dirt you mentioned. Never did find it!!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I have to agree with you about raising my eyebrows. How many rugs exist that have had five million people walk on them and survived? I can't get a rug to survive for ten years in my house and I know there's a lot less than five million people walking on it, even if you count and recount who in the family walked on that rug.

This was an interesting and refreshing hub and definitely deserves the WoW factor. Voted up and interesting.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I like the way you see things, TheHoleStory.


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Interesting! Really a shame you couldn't find a photo. I'd really love to see what the cleaned half looked like compared to the half that was left dirty!

Voted up and awesome! ;D


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

TheHoleStory, I couldn't find a good photo, either, but a part of the rug can be seen the 2010 press release at http://www.karastan.com/PressRelease.aspx?id=42949...

Enough of it can be seen in the background to tell how clean and how dirty each side was!


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

LOL! Loved it! Good to meet you, THS! :) Voted interesting and funny!


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maryhoneybee 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

My eyebrows raised while reading the first paragraph. This is incredible. And JamaGenee, thanks for finding that picture of the rug. I'm going to say it: WOW!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Another page on the Karastan site explains why the wool the rug was made from is the reason the "World's Fair Rug" was able to survive the abuse it was purposely subjected too. But then I'm a glutton for behind-the-scenes trivia, i.e. that particular type of wool is virtually fireproof. I know what brand of carpet I'll be getting when I win the Lottery! ;D


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clairemy 4 years ago

WOW, is right. I would love to see a picture of the rug as it is now.

Voted up and Interesting.


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Irob 4 years ago from St. Charles

up. I wonder how often they chage the rugs at places like the White House, Notre Dame other places with high traffic and presumably fine carpeting or rugs


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Irob, if the rugs aren't made by Karastan, I suspect they're changed/replaced quite often! ;D


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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Oh, this is hilarious. And i loved the pile of dirt image you uploaded. You're a brilliant hubber, my friend. WOW!!!


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hi friend 4 years ago from India

interesting hub


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rex michaels 4 years ago

All I can say is the rug stands up to it. I love articles that make me think, thanks


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Awesome hub! Awesome rug! Yes, my eyebrows were raised quite a few times! This was a thoroughly enjoyable hub!


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Bonsie007 3 years ago

Yes, my eyebrows raised. Actually, they about jumped off the top of my forehead when I looked at that gigantic pile of dirt.


Pundlik 23 months ago

I bought an area rug from Karastan sale last year and I am truly saisifted with the purchase. It has a twenty year warranty and was more costly than any of the other rugs I have bought before from other sellers; but my uncle who has been using rugs for decades and can recognize a good quality stuff when he sees one, has assured me that the rug is more than worth its price.


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mikebarbaro 9 months ago

Very true that antique oriental rugs can be worth a lot of money! We have a selection at our store http://paworldofrugs.com that we value very highly!

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