Steppenwolf took a magic carpet ride in the 60s - and didn't even need the carpet.
There was a magic carpet in One Thousand and White Nights and it was described as follows:
Whoever sitteth on this carpet and willeth in thought to be taken up and set down upon other site will, in the twinkling of an eye, be borne thither, be that place nearhand or distant many a day's journey and difficult to reach.
Ah, that would be nice wouldn't it. Think of how you'd beat rush hour every day as you were born thither on your way to and from work.
When Mrs D and I bought the house we live in about 11 years ago we had magic carpets. The house had wall-to-wall carpets. Not a speck of flooring other than the front hall, kitchen and bathrooms.
And they smelled magical. Well, maybe magical isn't the right word. They smelled funny. Not funny ha-ha. No funny as in cat pee.
The previous owners had a cat. One with incontinence apparently. We steam-cleaned those carpets at least once a year. The smell would go away...for a while.
We had a cat. Then we got two more. Then the two more had five - which we quickly found homes for. Then one of the two got hit by a car and died. Then the original cat died of old age, with a little help from the Vet.
The first carpet we ripped out was the basement...where the 5 cats were born and spent their first few weeks of life. Do all cat's have incontinence? And we put in one of those so-called floating floors. But it just laid there. It didn't float at all. Oh, well.
Next came the main floor. We took out the wall-to-wall and replaced it with maple hardwood. Looked gorgeous. And any accidents - by now of which there were few - could simply be wiped up.
Several years ago, we finished the job and replaced the wall-to-wall upstairs with the same flooring as on the main floor.
And we love it.
And I guess that's the magic of carpet.
You can always replace it!
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