The pleasure of open fires
If you are one of the lucky ones who can enjoy an open fire during the colder seasons, you know that no matter how well you try to prevent sparks or spitting of logs, some will find their way through the fire guard. And sometimes even beyond the hearth tiles.
If they then land on modern synthetic carpet you definitely end up with a scorched or singed spot. No such thing will happen when you have a wooden floor. It takes rather long before a spark or spit scorches or singes a hard floor covering. Our own open fire spits and sparks frequently but our wooden floor in front of it shows no single blackened spot, not even the tiniest.