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The first flooring must have been made of soft clay, sand or leaves and twigs. The development of floor went hand in hand with architectural development. Climate consideration has weighed heavily with most designs...
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Nature has probably been a bad mother to us. It has provided thick skin and fur to most animals, or somehow enabled them to find comfort. We humans, however, were compelled to use our intelligence to compensate for what was denied by nature. So we designed the floor and the softer carpet.

The first flooring must have been made of soft clay, sand or leaves and twigs. The development of floor went hand in hand with architectural development. Climate consideration has weighed heavily with most designs. For example, in hotter climes cool stone flooring without any covering is used. In colder climes some form of covering, or carpeting is used to trap more heat. The purpose of a room as well as resources available might dictate the choice of flooring. Heavily used surfaces need to have durable and resistant flooring that may be easily cleaned. All floorings have to be water proof or water resistant.

Wood flooring has frequently been used around the world, but since the 19th century cheaper alternatives have been devised that give the appearance of wood and are resilient to wear and weather. Linoleum, for example, has been a very popular flooring. At times laminate flooring has been used, and in offices with a lot of wiring, raised flooring is a clever design tactic applied to accommodate concealed wiring. Carpets are used as part of flooring as well. While the wall to wall carpets cover all of the floor (except for those areas exposed to water), the more decorative carpets functions mainly as show pieces and are usually displayed prominently in the center of some room. At times they may be hanged on the wall as a hanging. Carpets have a glorious heritage in the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and Kashmir, where wool, horse or yak hair etc might be used as yarn for the intricate carpet designs.

Flooring and carpets can have, thus, various uses. They may be decorative, provide resistance against wear and tear and water, or they may provide an extra surface. It reduces damage to the actual floor and turns out to be a cheaper alternative in relation to renovating the whole floor. This section of the directory is a guide to all types of flooring available today. You can choose between hardwood floor, bamboo floor, laminates, ceramic tiles, carpets, rugs, mats or durries, and buy them all from the convenience of your home.


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Specializes in hardwood floors and engineered wood flooring installation for homes in Toronto and GTA, Ontario.
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Cleaning service providers for Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, CA and surrounding metro areas. Cleaning services include, carpet, area rugs, upholstery, grout, pet-urine removal and water removal restoration.
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Featuring a wide range of premium quality cowhide rugs in the UK, including cow skin rugs, zebra print cowhide and coloured hides.
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Contempo Floor Coverings - Los Angeles Flooring Experts

Flooring specialists serving Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Provide green flooring, hardwood flooring, rubber flooring, carpet & cork, vinyl, commercial and residential flooring.
Indiana Floors LLC

Jeffersonville, Indiana, based provider of flooring, accessories and service, including Konecto Floors, Schluter Systems' Kerdi and Ditra flooring and more.
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Specializes in affordable floor mats, including entrance floor mats, custom logo floor mats, anti-fatigue mats, kitchen mats, interlocking floor tiles, and more.
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MS Construction - Flooring Services

A full service wood flooring company, offering quality and affordable flooring services in Metro Atlanta, GA. Services include, new floor installation, sanding, finishing, repairs, re-finishing existing floors, custom designs, and more.
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Northwest Chem-Dry - Portland Carpet Cleaning

Provides residential and commercial carpet cleaning services with 1-2 hour drying time, water damage restoration, upholstery cleaning, pet odor removal, and other cleaning and sealing services for the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA areas.
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Rugs & Carpets Online

Online retail store offers a fine selection of border and area rugs in traditional, contemporary and children's stylings, made of cotton and wool for indoor and outdoor use.
Simply Bamboo - Bamboo Flooring

Company specialising exclusively in bamboo flooring. Uses bamboo that are 5-7 years of age, providing strength and durability to floors made out of them.
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