I'm not sure. I imagine that before the vacuum cleaner was invented, cleaning a big carpet was quite an operation. I suppose the carpet man had to bring scaffolding or a similar structure so that the carpet could be hung up for beating. Then I suppose that many people lived with extensive patches in their carpets - not like in today's throw-away culture.One pound ten shillings seems a lot for repairing or cleaning (they payed a woman who helped with housework 2 shillings weekly).
What's carpet-trade?carpet-man, carpet-monger, one who frequents ladies' boudoirs or carpeted chambers, one who deals in ‘carpet-trade’;
The examples quoted are from the 17th century. Could DW have been entertaining a toy-boy and paying him the equivalent of three months wages for a maid?carpet-trade, the occupations and amusements of the chamber or boudoir.
Panj, I'd like to think the original context harks back to a golden era.I don't think you will have been expecting this.
Could DW have been entertaining a toy-boy and paying him the equivalent of three months wages for a maid?