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#124163 - 02/29/04 03:13 PM carpet vs. rug
wwh Offline
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What is the difference between a carpet and a rug? I tend to think of a carpet as covering more space than a rug.
But the dictionaries give them as synonyms.
From a story I'm reading:
Instead of the luxurious apartment I had prepared myself to behold, a plain, scantily-furnished room opened before me, of a nature between a library and a studio. There was not even a carpet on the polished floor, only a rug.....,


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#124164 - 02/29/04 03:55 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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I think of carpet as going from wall to wall, and a rug as having a bound edge. I might use a hunk of carpet as a rug, but only temporarily...

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#124165 - 02/29/04 03:56 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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Yeah, I think of carpet as having that wall-to-wall quality, whereas a rug just covers a portion of the floor... throw rug, area rug, mug rug ... no one I know would ever say "throw carpet".


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#124166 - 02/29/04 04:40 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
wwh Offline
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I don't ever remember seeing wall to wall carpeting anywhere
when I was a kid.


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#124167 - 02/29/04 04:48 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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If a carpet goes from wall to wall, why would anybody talk about wall-to-wall carpeting? Or an area rug? (I.e., if it only covers an area anyway?) Also, there used to be talk about a flying carpet, not a flying rug. You get called onto the carpet, but have the rug pulled out from younder yourself. Carpet is from Latin/Italian and rug is from Scandinavian.


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#124168 - 02/29/04 04:54 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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well, I wuz jes' sayin'...

good points all, jheem.

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#124169 - 02/29/04 04:58 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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well, I wuz jes' sayin'...


Oh, so was I, eta. Just tryin' to glom onto their meaning(s).


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#124170 - 02/29/04 05:00 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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... and now it's all booged up.


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#124171 - 02/29/04 05:55 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
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I would say that a carpet is fancier than a rug. Just as a general thing. A Persian carpet, for example, is of a finer thread and a more complex design than a Navajo rug.


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#124172 - 02/29/04 06:12 PM Re: carpet vs. rug
wwh Offline
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All the wall-to-wall carpet I have ever seen is solid
color. Any pattern would greatly complicate the job
of laying it to look right.


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