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    rug and carpet

    Where are the differences between rug and carpet? I heard different English native speakers said it differently.



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    Re: rug and carpet

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Where are the differences between rug and carpet? I heard different English native speakers said it differently.



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    I think of a rugas a small kind of carpet. When I hear carpet, I imagine something thicker and larger. There's also wall-to-wall carpet, which is a carpet that covers the entire floor in a room. But a lot of the time rug and carpet are interchangeable...

    Not a very helpful answer.

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    Re: rug and carpet

    To me, carpets are installed. They fit the dimensions of the room. Rugs are smaller in size and are of a standard shape (rectangular, circular, etc.).

    You can pick up a rug and move it to another location.

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    Re: rug and carpet

    May I share with you the definitions from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th edition:

    carpet / kɑpɪt /
    2 [countable] a piece of carpet used as a floor covering, especially when shaped to fit a room
    to lay a carpet
    a bedroom carpet
    (BrE) We have fitted carpets (= carpets from wall to wall) in our house.


    rug / rʌɡ /

    1 a piece of thick material like a small carpet that is used for covering or decorating part of a floor
    a hearth rug (= in front of a fireplace)
    an oriental rug
    a sheepskin rug

    2 (BrE) a piece of thick warm material, like a blanket, that is used for wrapping around your legs to keep warm
    a travelling rug
    a tartan rug

    So I quite agree with the previous answers.

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    Re: rug and carpet

    Spot-on! (Oh dear... you'll have to look that up.)

    'We took our doormat and used it as a fireside rug'.

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