We Know He Walked On Water – But What About the Floors Jesus Walked On?
Have you ever wondered what kind of floors were in the houses in Jesus’ day? What kind of floors Jesus walked on? Or is that a question that that only a carpet cleaner would ask? Only a question that a professional area rug cleaner asks? At Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa, LLC, we ask that question. As Tulsa carpet cleaners, we are in a lot of different homes and businesses. And, we see a lot of different types of floors. At Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, the Tulsa area’s best area rug cleaner, we see a lot of different types of rugs. Because we have seen all these different types of floors and because we have seen all these rugs, we started wondering. “Besides water, what did Jesus walk on?”
Ancient Flooring – Floors Jesus Walked On
In Jesus’ day, the poor classes’ houses had floors made of pounded or trampled earth. Sometimes, they would cover the dirt floors with lime. This lime would harden the surface of the floor to discourage dust. Can you imagine trying to keep that clean?! The wealthier homeowners used flagstones for the floor. Flagstones are generic, flat stones that can be cut in rectangular or square shapes, and are used for paving. These flagstone “tiles” may have been the earliest type of tile flooring. Also, some wealthier homeowners might have used pebbles or baked clay tiles. However, wood floors could only be afforded by the very wealthy. The oldest hardwood floors can be traced back to around 3,000 BC! But then, wood planks were mostly used only on stairs to help protect the staircase from wear and tear. Then the wealthiest people, like nobles, would use mosaic tile floorings.
A sophisticated floor mosaic from the city of Sepphoris. The woman depicted is called the Mosa Lisa of Galilee.
Restoration and Recreation of Tile Floors Jesus Walked On
Recently, archaeologists have restored and recreated hundreds of colored stone floor tile segments from Jerusalem’s Second Temple. According to the New Testament, this Temple is where Jesus went for pilgrimage. It is also where he went to study as a boy. When Jesus became mad at money-changers, this Temple is where he angrily pushed over tables, making the market people leave.
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:12-13 (ESV).
The tiles pictured below are examples of the tiles Jesus was walking on. It could possibly be these exact tiles He was walking on when He got mad because of the mess the marketplace people were making of the temple. This was a holy place, and the people had turned it into a marketplace. They were even selling animals in the Temple, on these tiles! You know you would be mad too if people were bringing animals in your home onto beautiful tile like this.
These restored and recreated tile fragments are likely pieces of tile flooring that Jesus walked on! Tiles that survived the temple ruins gave archaeologists an idea of the type of material used to create them. The tiles in the Temple were made from hand-tooled local limestone, Dead Sea Stone and imported marble.
Cleaning Tile and Grout and Carpets
We may not ever have the opportunity to clean the floors that Jesus actually walked on. But we would love to clean your floors! We specialize in professionally steam cleaning all carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery. And, we also have a shop equipped with some of the best equipment to professionally deep clean your area rugs. Call us today to get a free quote for any of your steam cleaning needs. Jesus may not have walked on your floors, but we’ll treat them just as good as if He did!
This stone floor is likely the central courtyard of the Roman praetorium. Jesus may have stood here when he was interrogated by Pontius Pilate.
What about Area Rugs? Did houses have rugs in Jesus’ day?
We know there were definitely Area Rugs in Jesus’ days. In fact, rugs first appeared two to three thousand years before Jesus! Furthermore, evidence shows that wool rugs were respected in the Near and Far East, and all over the world. Ancient wool rugs were used as examples of fine art long before the birth of Jesus.
The rug pictured above is one of the oldest discovered rugs. It is over 2400 years old!
Area Rugs in the Bible
Area Rugs, similar tapestries and coverings are mentioned at least four times in the Bible. Listed below are brief descriptions of each occurrence.
In the Proverbs’ warning about the adulteress in Proverbs 7, linens and tapestries are used to show how the adulteress tried using nice, expensive things to lure young, unwise men back to her house. “I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen;” Proverbs 7:16 (ESV). These tapestries and linens are very similar to rugs we picture and use today.
In the Proverbs’ description of an ideal woman, it is described how she keeps her home and her bed. “She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.” Proverbs 31:22. These bed coverings were woven together in the same fashion area rugs are woven. They also may have been used as floor coverings and rugs.
In Isaiah 21, Isaiah describes a prophecy about the fall of Babylon. He describes how surprised the Babylonians will be by painting a picture of what they are currently doing – not seeing the fall coming. Instead, they are just going about their life, setting up for a party! In his description, he tells of them putting out area rugs. “They prepare the table, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink.” Isaiah 21:5 (ESV).
Ezekiel 27 is a lamentation on the fall of Tyre. Tyre was a coastal town in a perfect spot for trading goods. Ezekiel describes the marketplace in Tyre. Fine Area Rugs were often traded in the Tyre marketplace. “In your market these traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of blue and embroidered work, and in carpets of colored material, bound with cords and made secure” Ezekiel 27:24 (ESV).
Area Rugs Today
Area rugs have such a deep history. This history shows the practicality and aesthetic values of all types of area rugs. It’s no wonder area rugs are still a staple in modern day homes. Any type of area rug can be a valuable addition to your home. And, there are many different types to choose from!
- Oriental Area Rugs
- Persian Area Rugs
- Shag Area Rugs
- Modern Area Rugs
- Wool Area Rugs
- Silk Area Rugs
Clean and Protect Your Area Rugs!
No matter the type of area rug you have in your home, it is important to take steps to prolong the life of it. To do so, have them professionally deep cleaned. We are the only Tulsa Area Rug Cleaners that have the equipment needed in our shop to properly and effectively deep clean all of your area rugs. Call us at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa today for a free quote. Also ask about our area rug protectant! Our protectant helps avoid stains from accidental spills giving your area rugs extra life.