Carpet vs Dhurrie - What's the difference?

carpet | dhurrie |

As nouns the difference between carpet and dhurrie

is that carpet is a fabric used as a complete floor covering while dhurrie is a thick, flat-woven cotton indian rug or carpet.

As a verb carpet

is to lay carpet, or to have carpet installed, in an area.




  • (en noun) (uncountable and countable)
  • A fabric used as a complete floor covering.
  • *
  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet , which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.}}
  • (label) Any surface or cover resembling a carpet or fulfilling its function.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:the grassy carpet of this plain
  • (label) A wrought cover for tables.
  • *(Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • *:Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets.
  • A woman's pubic hair.
  • Usage notes

    The terms carpet and (m) are often used interchangeably, but various distinctions are drawn. Most often, a rug is loose and covers part of a floor, while a carpet covers most or all of the floor (hence typically square), and may be loose or attached, while a fitted carpet runs wall-to-wall. Another distinction is quality: a rug may be coarser, while a carpet is higher quality and has finished ends. Initially carpet referred primarily to table and wall coverings, today called (m) or (m) – the use of the term for floor coverings dates to the 18th century, following trade with Persia.

    Derived terms

    * carpetbag * carpet beetle * carpet bombing * carpet burn * carpeting * carpet knight * carpet muncher * carpet weed * flying carpet * magic carpet * on the carpet * call on the carpet


    (en verb)
  • To lay carpet, or to have carpet installed, in an area.
  • After the fire, they carpeted over the blackened hardwood flooring.
    The builders were carpeting in the living room when Zadie inspected her new house.
  • To substantially cover something, like a carpet; to blanket something.
  • Popcorn and candy wrappers carpeted the floor of the cinema.
  • (UK) To reprimand.
  • * 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 428:
  • Even Colonel Yakov, so recently carpeted by St Petersburg, was reported to be back in the Pamirs.



    (en noun)
  • A thick, flat-woven cotton Indian rug or carpet.
  • *1997 , (Kiran Nagarkar), Cuckold , HarperCollins 2013, p. 359:
  • *:They were hospitable and loved company We sat on a dhurrie under the open sky.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2009, date=March 12, author=Julie Scelfo, title=The $300 Makeover: West Village Studio, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Ms. Unger saw potential in objects that were stylish but in need of cleaning, so she took Ms. Rich’s cotton dhurrie home for a wash and spent half an hour scrubbing a flea market coffee table with Murphy Oil Soap. }}