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Rug VS Carpet

People tend to use the words rug and carpet interchangeably, but do they really carry the same meaning? Is there any difference between rug and carpet?


First of all, let’s look at the definition of both words from the most trusted sources - dictionaries from the UK (Oxford Dictionary) and the US (Merriam-Webster).


Oxford

Rug

A floor covering of thick woven material or animal skin, typically not extending over the entire floor


Carpet

A floor covering made from thick woven fabric.

A large rug, especially an oriental one.

‘priceless Persian carpets



Merriam-Webster

Rug

a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering

a floor mat of an animal pelt: a bearskin rug


Carpet

a heavy often tufted fabric used as a floor covering


Second, we often say wall-to-wall carpet and area rug instead of wall-to-wall rug and area carpet. Wall-to-wall carpet is used to describe a floor covering that is big enough to cover 100% of a floor. It is often cut to the exact size and shape of the room, and is installed and attached to the floor so it will not move around. Therefore, a carpet often connotes a floor covering that is larger than a rug.


A rug, in contrast, is usually smaller than carpet and covers only part of a floor. It is not attached to the floor, so you can easily move it around your home. Unlike carpets, rugs usually comes in shapes - rectangular, round, oval, or even a dinosaur!



In conclusion, although we tend to use the terms rug and carpet interchangeably, there is a world difference between rug and carpet.


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