Advert for WM Bowland's carpet store
Printer: Williams & Strahan
Medium: Print on paper
The Victorian middle classes lavished attention on their homes and spent considerable amounts of money decorating and buying furniture and ornaments. Fitted carpets were thought to be a great extravagance: they stayed in the house even when the family moved. Turkish rugs were a popular alternative: they could be moved, came in a variety of sizes, and could be easily lifted, making cleaning much easier.