moquette n : a thick velvety synthetic fabric used for carpets and soft upholstery
EtymologyFrom moquette ("fitted carpet")
- Rhymes: -ɛt
Moquette is type of fabric with a thick, dense pile. This is durable and attractive and so is commonly used for carpeting and upholstery.
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.
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.