One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tapestry or richly decorated cloth, used as a hanging or a covering.
- ‘He said the tapis, indicative of the region's distinctive textiles and only found in Lampung, was made from basic handwoven fabric, using handspun yarn and rich natural dyes of deep blue, warm yellow and rusty brown from the mahogany bark.’
- ‘Indio women traditionally wore wide-necked, wide-sleeved short blouses and ankle-length tube skirts; in public, they draped a shawl over their shoulders and wrapped a tapis, a small piece of cloth, over the skirt.’
French, from Old French tapiz, via late Latin from Greek tapētion, diminutive of tapēs ‘tapestry’.
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