Carpets are not so popular at the present time as rugs; but with the home-maker, fashion should not enter into the consideration. A carpet with small figures or none, covering the entire floor, tends to make a room look larger, and to unify the color scheme; it contributes to the warmth and quiet of a room, and in an old or cold house may serve to offset a poor floor. A perfectly plain carpet usually called "filling" may be obtained in ingrain and other weaves to cover the entire floor and serve as a background for rugs. With a vacuum cleaner it should be entirely possible to use carpets and be hygienic.