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Magic Carpets: Exploring The Truth Behind the Myth

Whether you know them as magic carpets or flying carpets, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard this myth. Because rugs and carpets are right up our alley, we thought we’d have a little fun with today’s blog post and explore the truth behind magic carpets. It’s safe to say they don’t really fly, (at least not as far as we know), so where does the idea of the magic carpet come from?

What is a magic carpet?

There are a couple of different versions of the magic carpet myth, but the one most of us will be familiar with is the flying carpet. Featured in Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin, this type of magic carpet is essentially a form of transportation (albeit one with a personality of its own). However, there’s also an older variation of the magic carpet that was first mentioned in a story within the compilation One Thousand and One Nights. In this tale, the magic carpet that Prince Husain finds allows instantaneous travel, much like a teleportation device.  

Where did the magic carpet myth begin?

It would appear that the earliest mention of a magical carpet of some kind is that from One Thousand and One Nights. This was first published in English in 1706, making this myth at least 300 years old. This magic carpet is by no means the only one, however! There is another myth that King Solomon once owned a magic carpet of his own, which apparently had unique properties indeed.  The stories go that this green and golden carpet was sixty miles long and wide. When Solomon sat on the carpet, he would apparently fly through the air and the wind would follow his commands. We just wonder where he stored the thing…

How magic carpets are (usually) depicted

Depending on the variation of the magic carpet you’re looking at, the design may differ. However, one thing is usually constant: all magic carpets feature a traditional Far East pattern and design. If you’re looking for a rug that resembles a magic carpet of any kind, you’ll probably find that a piece from the Afghan rug collection would be perfect. Alternatively, you’ll also find magic carpet styled pieces nestled in the Farsistan rugs range. Either of these will get you close to the design of the classic magic carpet; but be warned, these ones don’t fly!

While we can’t quite offer you a magic carpet that’ll fly you from A to B, we can offer a huge selection of modern and traditional rugs in our online rug shop. Have a question about which rug is right for your home? Call our friendly team today on 0845 838 8638 and we’ll help you separate fact from fiction. 


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