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Carpet

On the carpet being severely reprimanded by someone. The expression comes from the earlier meaning of carpet in the sense of ‘table covering’, referring to the ‘carpet of the council ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... carpet blood on the carpet : see blood . chew the carpet : see chew . a magic carpet a means of sudden and effortless travel. 🅘 In fairy tales, a magic carpet is...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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...carpet [ME] Originally tables or beds, not floors, were covered by a carpet, and it is the early ‘tablecloth’ meaning that is behind the expression on the carpet , ‘being severely reprimanded by someone in authority’. The phrase originally had the meaning, ‘under consideration or discussion’, and referred to the covering of a council table, where official documents for discussion were placed. A matter up for discussion at a meeting was on the carpet, just as we might now say on the table . The modern sense of carpet is found when you sweep something under...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...from battle or to any idler in general. You are women Or, at the best, loose carpet-knights. Carpet slippers The indoor slippers are so called not because they are worn for use on carpets but because they were originally made with woollen uppers resembling carpeting. Chew the carpet, To See under chew . Magic carpet, The See under magic . On the carpet or carpeted, To be To be reprimanded; to be ‘called over the coals’. Red carpet See under red . Sweep under the carpet, To See under sweep...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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2009
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... . Originally a thick cover for a bed, table etc. From the 16th century the term included knotted carpets from the Middle East; it gradually became exclusively associated with knotted carpets placed on the floor. It is not known how or when the art of carpet-knotting was introduced into Europe. It is apparent that carpet-weaving was well established in the southern provinces of Spain by the 12th century and that the products of these looms were of high quality. There is, however, nothing to indicate that carpet-weaving ever became established in medieval...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture

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... Originally a thick cover for a bed, table, etc. From the 16th century the term included knotted carpets from the Middle East; it gradually became exclusively associated with knotted carpets placed on the floor. By the early 18th century other forms of fabric floor covering had assumed the same name. It is not possible to establish when and where carpets were first produced, but the survival of the Pazyryk Carpet in a burial mound in the Gorno-Altay Mountains, on the border between Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, shows that the knotted-pile technique...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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...of carpet production in Spain and North Africa, in northern India and for a brief period in Egypt, the only carpet-producing land that fulfils none of the normal environmental conditions for carpet production. The concept of the ‘Oriental’ carpet has become so all-pervasive that carpets with Oriental designs are produced by machine in France, Belgium, the United States, Britain and even the Middle East, and carpets with traditional hand-knotting in Romania, China, India and other areas that have cheap labour and a need for hard currency. Lotto carpet, wool...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art

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2008
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...on Carpet Knotting and Weaving (London, 1920/ R 1927) A. B. Roth : ‘ A Brief Survey of Carpet Manufacture ’, Journal of the Textile Institute , xxv (1934), pp. 134–43 C. E. C. Tattersall : A History of British Carpets (London, 1934) A. H. Cole and H. F. Williamson : The American Carpet Manufacture (Cambridge, MA, 1941) J. S. Ewing and N. P. Norton : Broadlooms and Businessmen: A History of the Bigelow Sanford Company (Cambridge, MA, 1955) A. Crossland : A Modern Carpet Manufacture (Manchester and London, 1958) A. F. Stoddard : The Carpet...

Brussels carpet

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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...carpet . Type of carpet; see under Carpet, §I. 5...

carpet-bomb

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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...-bomb v. ( carpet-bombing ) bomb (an area)...

embossed carpet

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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...carpet Decorative pattern formed on carpet by cutting the strands of fabric at different...

fitted carpet

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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...carpet A carpet that is fixed to the floor and covers the floor...

Admiral carpet

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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2006
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...carpet . Type of 15th-century Spanish carpet, possibly woven in the Mercian villages of Letur or Liétor . Like Alcaraz carpets, they are tied with the Spanish knot. The name derives from the fact that many carpets of this type bear arms of the Enríquez family, hereditary admirals of Castile; others embody the arms of Maria of Castile (queen of Alfonso V of Aragon). R. Pinner and W. B. Denny : Carpets of the Mediterranean Countries, 1400–1600 (London,...

carpet bombing

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The Oxford Companion to World War II

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2003

... bombing was the US Army Air Forces' equivalent of the RAF's area bombing , except that aircraft dropped their bombs in a uniform pattern over the target area. For the technique known as ‘Tedder's Carpet’ see bombers ,...

Carpet Cut

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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... Cut , long narrow stage-opening behind the front curtain, stretching nearly the whole width of the proscenium opening. It is closed by hinged flaps which trap the edge of a carpet or stagecloth, so that the actor cannot be tripped up by...

Lâdik carpet

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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2006
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...carpet . Type of carpet woven in the Turkish province of Konya. Lâdik prayer rug, Turkey (Private Collection) Art Resource, NY Woven in brilliant colours using traditional materials, Lâdik carpets reflect a distinctively Anatolian blend of nomadic designs and the classical Ottoman style. The triple arch in the field and the border motifs all derive from 16th-century prototypes, but are strongly geometricized. Together with the carpets traditionally attributed to Mucur and Milâs, Lâdik carpets represent a weaving tradition that long resisted Western...

Animal carpet

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

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2006
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...carpet . Type of carpet made in Persia, Turkey and Mughal India and decorated with animals; the term sometimes includes and sometimes excludes the related type known as ‘hunting carpets’. The three earliest animal carpets (all of which have been dated to the 14th or 15th centuries by reference to paintings that depict similar carpets) are knotted in wool with symmetrical knots of fairly low density in a limited colour range, including various tones of red, yellow and blue. One acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1990 shows a...

carpet bombing

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... bombing the intensive bombing of a designated area in a close pattern by many aircraft, usually B-52s, as though laying a wall-to-wall carpet. In World War II the term denoted bombing campaigns designed to clear wide areas for advancing troops. Also called saturation bombing...

carpet-bedding

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The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (4 ed.)

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...-bedding C19 version of a parterre de broderie in which the areas for planting were filled with low-growing colourful plants: the effect was often somewhat...

carpet, Roman

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Oliver Nicholson

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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..., Roman The Latin word tapeta (Gk. tapes ) can denote a wall hanging or tapestry covering for a dining couch or saddle, as well as a carpet for the floor (e.g. Isidore , Etymologies , XIX, 26, 5). Prices quoted in the Tetrarchic Prices Edict suggest that British rugs were the best in the Empire (19, 28–9). This edict also specifies carpets from Cappadocia and Pontus (19, 30–1) and Egypt (19, 32). Laodicea ad Lycum in Phrygia was a centre where wool from sheep on the central plateau of Anatolia was worked and marketed for onward sale to...

carpet, Persian

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Matthew Canepa

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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..., Persian (MP bōb ) The Persians, like the Romans, decorated their dwellings with floor and wall textiles . Persians excelled at knotted pile and flat-woven carpets. Many fragments of flat-woven tapestry survive in European church treasuries and the sands of Egypt and Central Asia . Only one fragment of a knotted pile carpet securely dated to the Sasanian era has been discovered, having been excavated at Shahr-e Qumis. Sogdian wall paintings of the 7th century from Panjikent portray carpets with Sasanian ornament, as does Cave 220 at Dunhuang...

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