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Plush, Piles and Prints: How much do you know about carpet?
by Staff
We walk on it every day, so we aught to show it some more respect. Carpet has a colorful history, popular present and bright future, but how much do you about this functional yet decorative creature comfort?

Which U.S. government agency stipulates standards for carpeting in certain homes?

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior

Most of the carpet purchased in the U.S. is made in which state?

  • Utah
  • Texas
  • Georgia

How does carpet compare with other floor coverings in the level of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions?

  • Carpet is the highest in VOC emissions.
  • Carpet has the same amount of VOC emissions as wooden floors.
  • Carpet has the lowest VOC emissions.

When are you more likely to get a static electricity shock after walking across carpet?

  • if the humidity is low
  • if it's raining
  • if there's a cat in the house

What type of carpet features many colors woven into an intricate design?

  • axminster
  • berber
  • saxony

In addition to the Carpet and Rug Industry seal of approval, some carpet cleaners also get what?

  • Safe for Pets seal from the American Humane Society
  • Green Home Product seal from the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Certified Space Technology seal from the Space Foundation

What safety advantage do wool carpets have over synthetic carpets?

  • They're naturally hypoallergenic.
  • They're naturally fire-resistant.
  • They're naturally static-free.

Carpeting your home can ______.

  • lower your energy bills
  • decrease your home's value
  • encourage you to entertain more

Carpet has been shown to do what in schools?

  • improve student learning
  • need replacing every 6 months
  • cause illness

After installing new carpet in your house, what home fixtures may need adjusting?

  • lights
  • doors
  • furniture legs

What's one advantage synthetic carpets have over wool carpets?

  • They're resistant to mildew.
  • They don't need to be cleaned as often.
  • They offer a wider variety of styles.

What are PET carpets made from?

  • petroleum enriched triglycerides
  • plant fiber byproducts from ethanol production
  • recycled plastic drink bottles

Most of the cost of carpet comes from what?

  • installation
  • the complexity of the style
  • the type of fibers used

Which of the following is NOT a benefit of carpet padding?

  • It protects the carpet from wear and tear.
  • It provides additional insulation to your home.
  • It helps draw spills away from your carpet.

Why do carpet pads come in different thicknesses?

  • Some people are more prone to falls and need more padding.
  • Different carpets need different levels of support.
  • You need a thicker pad on concrete than on a wooden subfloor.

In some versions of the Aladdin legend, Aladdin has a special carpet. How does he use it?

  • He covered the trap door that led to his secret treasure room.
  • He flew on it.
  • He rolled the bodies of his enemies in it.

Where did someone actually ride a flying carpet?

  • Disney World
  • International Space Station
  • Orient Express

If you are "called on the carpet," what's happening?

  • You're getting an award.
  • You're being scolded.
  • You're next up for a wrestling match.

The red carpet is rolled out for whom?

  • newlyweds
  • heroes and VIPs
  • Communist Party members

Which royal figure was supposedly rolled up in a rug and smuggled into a palace?

  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Cleopatra
  • Queen Isabella of Spain