^^ Ok, it's obvious I can't spell tonight. The title of this thread should read: "Titanic HAD lazy CARPET layers."
After carefully inspecting several high resolution scans of the H&W photographs of various first class suites, I've come to the conclusion that the carpet layers were downright lazy! I submit the following as evidence:
Ripples, bunching, folds...was this common in 1912? Did the technology for stretching a carpet not exist?
[Moderator's Note: The title of this thread has now been corrected. MAB]
So these would have been mock photographs more than anything else? I'm imagining the second the photographer was done, workmen were back in the room moving all the furniture back out so they could finish the carpets.
No I wouldn't use the word "mock", just to let the Shipping Line know how far they had come with the ship. Harland & Wolff took 2,500 photos of Titanic.
The workmen would be waiting until the photographer was finish and the Foreman would be nervous about getting everything finished.
“Did the technology for stretching a carpet not exist?”
In a manner, no. More particularly it was vacuum cleaning that was not that universal and so carpets were not stretched to those nail strips we see at the edges of today’s wall to wall carpets. Instead the carpets were hemmed and just laid out, perhaps with eyelets and low brass pegs to hold the corners in traffic areas. That way the carpet could easily be removed to the outdoors for regular beatings. In 1910 railroads I have seen this in sleeping cars and I have seen “beating sheds” provided at terminals.
After the installation had been completed (as the others have pointed out) it would be the cabin steward who would straighten the carpet and tidy the fit in the corners. My impression from a period railroad car outfitted this way was that the carpets would not stay neatly in place without attention every few days, it was a labour intensive era.
There is a new thread started on How Were The Carpets Cleaned On The Titanic .?
Did they have electric vacuum cleaners ?
Were they cleaned regularly when the ship was at sea or just in-between times after all passengers had disembarked and before passengers began embarking ?
I visited RMS Queen Mary in port in New York in 1965.
It was surprising to note they were using Hoover vacuum cleaners which looked very much like those of the mid 1930's vintage.