AskDefine | Define moquette

Dictionary Definition

moquette n : a thick velvety synthetic fabric used for carpets and soft upholstery

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English

Etymology

From moquette ("fitted carpet")

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A kind of carpet having a short velvety pile.
  2. In the context of "public transport": The material used to cover seats
  3. In the context of "public transport": The design used on seat covers.

Extensive Definition

Moquette is type of fabric with a thick, dense pile. This is durable and attractive and so is commonly used for carpeting and upholstery.

Origin

This fabric originated in France where it was woven by hand. The standard width was a Flemish ell of 27 inches. There were two finishes: moquette velouté which had a cut pile like English Wilton and moquette bouclé which had an uncut pile like Brussels carpet.

Examples

The most famous moquette in the USA is the one sent by Louis XVI to George Washington. It was made for the banquet room in Mount Vernon where it can still be seen.

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