Create the perfect Victorian home with antique rugs or a period carpet runner. Since architectural house styles changed almost every decade during the 19th century, first determine when the house was built and how formal it was.
The term carpet was used originally to describe coverings for tables, beds, and other furniture, and only from the early 18th century was it associated with the floor. The history of antique rugs and carpets is divided into two major traditions: the Asian and the Western.
Ingrain carpets were popular in middle-class homes in 18th and 19th century America; in many middle class homes of the 1800s at least one room had ingrain carpet. This ingrain carpet runner, woven in 1841, is 16 feet long and 33 inches wide; woven with red, green, brown and natural color wools.