Humans once clothed themselves and made their bedding out of animal skins and hides. Around 5000 B.C.E. humans discovered knotting or lacing together pieces of fiber would result in fabric. This discovery gave way to twisting, tying, and finger-weaving as a way to make fabric. During the Neolithic period, looms were invented by humans looking to make sturdier cloth. The warp-weighted loom was the first successful loom. Primitive versions of this type of loom have been found in a variety of places worldwide. Using a loom is a shared human experience throughout history. During the Industrial Revolution, fabric making moved out of homes into factories as motorized looms took over the vast majority of fabric production. However, some people continued to use looms and make their own fabric. Today, weaving is a popular craft. Hobbyist weavers particularly enjoy making handmade rugs. Although weaving can look intimidating, it's actually quite easy to make a simple loom and learn the basics of the fabric production.