One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick pile fabric used for carpets and upholstery.
- ‘Here are rolls of cinema moquette, squares of carpet, specially designed for particular cinema chains in patterns to die for, ashtrays, decorated seat ends, stunning light fittings, scent sprays from the 1920s.’
1930s: from French, perhaps from obsolete Italian mocaiardo ‘mohair’.
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