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Magic Carpet
Riding a Flying Carpet, an 1880 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov.

For the 1994 videogame, see VideoGame.Magic Carpet.

A Magic Carpet or Flying Carpet is a carpet that can rapidly transport passengers who sit on top of it, usually by flying through the air. It typically features a Persian carpet design. The Other Wiki gives more details and some examples.

A common artifact found in settings inspired by the Arabian Nights.

Compare Sky Surfing, Flying Broomstick, Hover Board.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Baishana from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! rides around on one of these, since he is modeled after a stereotypical snake charmer.
  • MÄR's Edward has a magic carpet. It crashes when they meet the last member of their team and it's not seen again.
  • In Dragon Ball, Mr. Popo rides on one.

Card Games
  • There's a Magic card named Flying Carpet. Early versions of it were destroyed if the creature targeted with its ability died; this part was removed in later versions, though the card is still generally considered fairly weak.
    • A nasty combo from the early days (after it got the buff above) was to use Flying Carpet on a nasty enemy, then use Winter's Blast to knock that creature into the graveyard. Useful if you needed to get a potentially powerful creature out of the way.

Comic Books
  • Asterix and the Magic Carpet features an Indian with a Flying Carpet.
  • Iznogoud: Such a common means of transportation that the Caliphate has an entire air force of 'em.
  • A chapter of Sandman set in the legendary Baghdad of the 1001 Nights features a flying carpet. It's pretty shabby despite belonging to the king and being locked in the deepest, most difficult to reach part of the castle.
  • The Arabian Knight, a Captain Ethnic in the Marvel Universe, rides a flying carpet (as well as wielding a magical scimitar).
  • Mutts had the cat and dog duo ride on a carpet until it landed in another house inhabited by a guard dog (who happened to be a close friend). Subverted as the carpet only flew due to very strong winds rather than magic.

FanFiction
  • Imma Wiserd has Snape, who uses a giant dollar bill as a flying carpet because the author thought Snape was a Jew due to him using big words (i.e. non-slang words). When it is revealed that Snape is Vadermort, he still uses the giant dollar bill as his mount.

Film

Folklore
  • In Arabic and Hebrew folklore, King Solomon had a magic carpet that took him rapidly from place to place by using Solomon's command of the wind.
  • In Russian folk tales, Ivan The Fool is given a magic carpet by Baba Yaga.

Literature
  • Arabian Nights featured the magic carpet of Tangu or Prince Housain's carpet. The latter doesn't fly, but instantly teleports itself and its passenger wherever the passenger wishes to go.
  • Mark Twain's Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven uses magic carpets as instantaneous teleporters.
  • J. K. Rowling's companion book to Harry Potter, Quidditch Through the Ages, claims that magic carpets are more popular than broomsticks among wizards in the Middle East and South Asia. Also, it mentions that it's illegal to import flying carpets into the United Kingdom. Canon never quite gets around to explaining why, but a somewhat popular fan theory has it that broomstick manufacturers retaining expensive lobbyists and dispensing the odd backhander have something to do with it.
  • One features in Diana Wynne Jones's Castle in the Air.
  • Seems to me there was one in the Christopher Moore novel Practical Demonkeeping but maybe it was a genie, or the demon.
  • In the Soviet children's novel Old Man Hottabych, which was based on and parodied several Middle Eastern folk tales, features, among other things, a Flying Carpet.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld the Flying Carpet is a moderately common object in Klatch. One managed to traumatize Rincewind so that he developed phobia of falling even before falling off one.
  • One also appears in Prachett's non-Discworld novel Strata.
  • Family-sized flying carpets are advertised as an alternative to cars in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
  • Harry Turtledove's The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump is set in a Magitek alternate universe where everybody drives carpets instead of cars. (Los Angeles still has a major air pollution problem, though, caused by stray fibres shed by thousands of carpets.)
  • In Lieutenant Gullivar Jones His Vacation (a.k.a. Gulliver of Mars) by Edwin Lester Arnold, a magic carpet carries Lieutenant Jones to Mars where he experiences a series of adventures similar to those later enjoyed by John Carter of Mars. Jones and his magic carpet also appeared in the first issue of the second volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • In The Black Company, the NazgulTaken use flying carpets both to travel long distances quickly, and for tactical superiority in battle.
  • In The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the eponymous djinni remarks that flying carpets were made by weaving spirits into Oriental rugs. Shudder.
  • The Swedish YA mystery stories about Ture Sventon features flying carpets (well, at least two of them) in what is otherwise a non-fantasy modern-day setting. It is the eponymous hero's main form of transporation in the first three novels.
  • In The Enchanted Forest Chronicles the main characters have occasion to borrow one from a neighboring giantess. It has pink teddy bears on it and a tendency to break down, which is problematic a thousand feet in the air.
  • Wonderfully used in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Magical Realism book One Hundred Years of Solitude in which the gypsies bring magic carpets to show the villagers. Jose Arcadio Buendia and his son Aureliano Buendia are more awe struck from seeing ice.
  • Harry Dresden once tried to do this when he was a younger wizard. It didn't work. The next time he tries it it does work, when he's drawn into Molly's Battle in the Center of the Mind with The Corpsetaker. It only works here because when you're all thought and magic you don't have to worry about real life constraints like gravity and painful crash landings and can do pretty much whatever you want.
  • The trope appears in related works by Poul Anderson and Robert A. Heinlein. In Heinlein's Magic, Inc., carpets are by 'haulage companies' but fail when above consecrated ground, so carpet routes are routed around churches etc. In Anderson's "Operation Chaos" and related works, enchanted flying carpets are used in military applications and as a cultural equivalent for the family sedan. Broomsticks are racier, and roughly culturally equivalent to motorcycles. Both books are set in Magitek worlds.

Live-Action TV

Newspaper Comics
  • Calvin and Hobbes once took the hall rug for a joyride. Hobbes worried about hurting the resale value. At one point they flew it by Calvin's dad's office window.

Pinball

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics
  • In this The Order of the Stick strip, the party is given one to use as quick transportation.
  • In Erfworld, Prince Ansom uses a rolled-up one as a mount. It can be unrolled and used in the traditional fashion if he wants to accommodate additional riders.

Western Animation
  • Panchito in The Three Caballeros has a flying sarape.
  • Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales. At one point Bugs tries to escape from a palace on a Flying Carpet.
  • Bugs Bunny cartoons:
  • The The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, was used frequently as a vehicle in the Mushroom World. One peculiar example featured a biplane with magic carpets for wings.
  • An episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers featured Prof. Nimnul using electrical flying carpets to steal valuable objects.
  • Often appeared in The Arabian Knights segments on The Banana Splits show.
  • The main characters escape from Shendu's palace on one during the 'Demon World' two-parter in Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • Scooby and Shaggy arrive at the Caliph's palace on one in Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights.
    • Magic carpets are used in two other Scooby episodes, "Hassle In The Castle" and "Scooby-Doo Meets The Addams Family."
  • Phineas and Ferb create one in "Magic Carpet Ride", there's even a song about it.
  • A Pixie and Dixie cartoon has Mr. Jinks obtaining a magic carpet that operates under the command "Chabunagunga."
  • A Dastardly & Muttley Wing Dings blackout has the pair encountering a man on a flying carpet that could not be controlled. When Dick asks what's wrong, the man says, "I just washed my carpet and I can't do a thing with it!"
    • A year earlier, a genie gives Dastardly a flying carpet on Wacky Races which he uses to race to the finish line. He fails after colliding with a cactus, the result of not paying attention because he was breaking the fourth wall.

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