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The Red Carpet

Let's chat a bit about the red carpet and take a look into some of the questions surrounding it. Why is it called the red carpet? Who is responsible for making it synonomous with royalty or celebrity status?

Now the most obvious question to answer is, why is the carpet red? To answer that, we would have to go to why we even use a red carpet at all. The first known use of a red carpet is from the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, dating back to 458 B.C.1 In the play, Agamemnon returns from Troy to his wife who offers him a red path to follow as a sign of victory. It was used as a something so that his feet would not have to touch the ground, which put him in a more godlike stature.

 
James Madison was the first president to get the red carpet treatment, when one was rolled down to a river he was visiting. Fast forward to the early 20th century and the advent of the locomotive. The New York Central Railroad used to employ red carpets to direct passengers to the car doors of the 20th Century Limited train, which was the highest class train car. This is where the "red carpet treatment" came about for higher class citizens.

It still represents high society and fame, as now the red carpet is rolled out for every movie and TV show premiere. It has stood the test of time and doesn't look to be going away anytime soon. Way to hold strong red carpet!

Red Carpet

 

1A Brief History of the Red Carpet by Litihum Cola

Sources:

http://www.docudharma.com/diary/4807/

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