Standard Size of carpet. Know Before you Go!
CarpetSanta come in many shapes and sizes. It’s tough as a consumer to go into your local Carpet Santa showroom without really knowing what the standard sizes available are. We’ve compiled both some common and not so common new area Carpet sizes and shapes so you can prepare for your search with greater ease. While there are certainly many sizes in-between, this chart should serve as an excellent starting point!
Notes Regarding Above Sizes
The sizes listed in our chart above are indicative of typical new Carpet measurements imported to the United States today. While some of these sizes are more common than others, final availability will ultimately depend on your source. Keep in mind, the measurements above exclude fringe, as all Carpet Santa measurements do. Weavers are excellent at producing a fairly precise Carpet size, however, washing techniques as well as final stretching or blocking may produce slightly smaller and larger sizes. A typical Carpet may vary +/- a few inches from the sizes listed.
A Word on Carpet Santa Sizes and Shapes
Traditionally, Oriental Carpets were woven in somewhat of an arbitrary fashion regarding sizes. Pre-1900 we see a vast array of unusual carpets which may have been custom ordered, however could also be indicative of a lack of working knowledge for the final application. Although sizes have become very standardized today, there was a significant tapering off of unusual sized carpets between 1900 and 1940’s although some pieces from Iran and Bulgaria seemed to take a little longer. Perhaps this may also be attributed to urban sprawl, which encouraged similar sized living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms alike here in the States.
Over the last century, Oriental Carpets have undergone a significant amount of accommodation for Western Markets. We can see such examples as the camel hair Hamadan, where the thick tan borders were often removed post importation to meet size and design expectations as dictated by American markets. As demand began to rise in the West, so did a more precise form of standardization overseas.
Another example of this accommodation can even be seen in color and design preferences such as the Painted “American” Sarouk. Such Carpets were often prepared post-production with additional pigmentation technique known as “painting”. This painting was often implemented to please a larger array of consumers. Weavers understood they could reach both the European and American markets by producing one carpet. While America was demanding deeper and darker red fields, European and other found rosy-reds to be suitable for their decor: Rather than weaving two separate colored carpets, weavers wove one slightly varying design with the same field color. Sarouks then destined for America often had this darker dye or “paint” applied to the pile of the Carpet to appease demand.