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I have been studying domestic carpets under the scanning electron microscope at UCLAN and discovered new worlds.

The apparently sponge-like, closed texture of nylon carpet tiles metamorphoses into an underwater world of tangled tentacles.

flotex carpet:vinyl 100x

The polypropylene carpet, below, has a more ribbed surface – the 200 X magnification shows dust particles already present despite it being a new specimen. Makes me wonder what is hidden in our carpets – I feel a cleaning spree coming on.

polypropylene carpet stainguard XL fibre 200x