[[caption-width-right:200:''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Riding a Flying Carpet]]'', an 1880 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov.]]

''For the 1994 videogame, see VideoGame.MagicCarpet.''

A MagicCarpet or FlyingCarpet 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. TheOtherWiki gives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_carpet more details]] and some examples.

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

Compare SkySurfing, FlyingBroomstick, HoverBoard.


* Baishana from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' rides around on one of these, since he is modeled after a stereotypical snake charmer.
* ''{{MAR}}'''s Edward has a magic carpet. It crashes when they meet the last member of their team and it's not seen again.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Mr. Popo rides on one.

* There's a ''[[MagicTheGathering Magic]]'' card named [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2043 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.

* ''[[{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Magic Carpet]]'' features an Indian with a FlyingCarpet.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Such a common means of transportation that the Caliphate has an entire air force of 'em.
* A chapter of ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman 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 CaptainEthnic in the MarvelUniverse, 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.

* ''[[Fanfic/ImmaWiserd Imma Wiserd]]'' has [[Literature/HarryPotter Snape]], who uses [[Main/GreedyJew 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 [[spoiler:Snape is [[Main/RougeAnglesofSatin Vadermort]], he still uses the giant dollar bill as his mount.]]

* The fourth installment of ''Series/{{Fantaghiro}}'' mentioned it when playing with the FlyingBroomstick trope: When Xellesia and the Black Queen realize that the latter can't transform into anything that flies, they seek an alternate means, and reject carpets because they only work well in [[ArabianNightsDays Arabian Nights Land]].
* There was a plan to put a "magic carpet" (that is Film/JamesBond riding a carpet down some phone wires) in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', but it was dropped.
* ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', probably the TropeCodifier.

* 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, IvanTheFool is given a magic carpet by Literature/BabaYaga.

* ''Literature/ArabianNights''
** 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.
** There's a flying carpet in story "The City of Brass", in which it's just another way for King Solomon to get around.
* MarkTwain's ''Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven'' uses magic carpets as [[TeleportersAndTransporters instantaneous teleporters]].
* Creator/JKRowling's companion book to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', 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.
** Prior to that, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Barty Crouch mentioned that his grandfather owned a flying carpet that seated twelve back when it was legal.
* One features in Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/CastleInTheAir''.
* ''Literature/OzmaOfOz'' has an unusual variant. This magic carpet protects users from dangers below. It unrolls itself on the front end and rolls itself up on the back end forever, allowing Ozma and her party to cross the Shifting Sands that separate the Land of Ev from the Land of Oz. It also can function as a bridge, allowing Ozma and company to cross a gully that is too wide to leap.
* 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 FlyingCarpet.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' the FlyingCarpet 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 ''Literature/{{Strata}}''.
* Family-sized flying carpets are advertised as an alternative to cars in the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series.
* HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/TheCaseOfTheToxicSpellDump'' 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 ''LieutenantGullivarJonesHisVacation'' (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 JohnCarterOfMars. Jones and his magic carpet also appeared in the first issue of the second volume of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
* In ''TheBlackCompany'', the [[strike: Nazgul]]Taken use flying carpets both to travel long distances quickly, and for tactical superiority in battle.
* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', the eponymous djinni remarks that flying carpets were made by ''[[AndIMustScream 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 [[PrivateDetective the eponymous hero's]] main form of transporation in the first three novels.
* In ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' the main characters have occasion to borrow one from a neighboring giantess. It has [[TheAllegedCar 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 MagicalRealism book ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' 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.
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles 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,[[spoiler: when he's drawn into Molly's BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind 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 [[http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2012/09/heinleinian-origins.html related]] works by Creator/PoulAnderson and RobertAHeinlein. 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 "OperationChaos" 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.

* In an episode of ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex takes flying carpet lessons from Justin.
* Fitting with his Arabian theme (except for the train), Hikaru/[=MagiShine=] in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', and his American counterpart, Daggeron/Solaris Knight in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', make use of a magic carpet for their transport.
* One shows up in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* Shows up on ''Series/GoodEats'' in Alton's explanation of the origin of Baklava.

* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' 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.

* One of the Tales (missions) in ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights'' is called "Flying Carpet", allegedly a partial adaptation of ''Literature/AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves''.
* ''Pinball/PinballMagic'' has the player riding one as one of the tricks he must perform.
* This is one of the objects the player must collect in ''VideoGame/JinniZeala'' to go to the Flying Harem.

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a carpet of flying.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyBattles'' has Arabyan Carpet (a flying carpet) as a common magic item (i.e. one that all factions can use)

* Sonic uses one in the Night Palace of ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]''.
** Another one turns up in ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''.
* Tailors can make them in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and use them as flying mounts.
** Curiously, on some character models the characters look like they're ''surfing'' on it.
* The hero and his friends ride in on one in ''QuestForGloryII: Trial by Fire''.
* Occasionally appears as a [[GlobalAirship vehicle]] in ''DragonQuest'' games. Specifically in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI VI]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVII VII]]''.
* The very point of the game ''VideoGame/MagicCarpet'' and its sequel ''Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has two of them as cash shop flying mounts.
* There are flying/magic carpets in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' level called Arabian Night.
* Don't forget about Pidgit in the beginning of level 1-2 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''. He was sitting on a FlyingCarpet, and you needed to kill him and steal his carpet, so that you could cross a huge BottomlessPit.
* ''StreetRacer'', a cart racing VideoGame, featured Hodja Nasreddin on a hybrid of a car with a FlyingCarpet.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has magic carpets as a form of transportation in the desert.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow and the Flame'' uses a magic carpet ride to get from level 5 to level 6.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', "Rainbow Ride" stage.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'', Both the Pidgit's and Rainbow Ride's magic carpets from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' appeared in 2 stages.
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 5'', The Magic Carpet is a vehicle in the minigame Random Ride.
* In ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'', the flying carpet shows up to give short rides in several levels, and it's the vehicle for the escape from the Cave of Wonders.
* ''VideoGame/AladdinCapcom'' also uses the flying carpet for the escape from the Cave of Wonders, and for the "A Whole New World" bonus level.
* Gwonam (the [[FanNickname "Squadala Guy"]]) from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames'' rides on a flying carpet.
** In ''Ocarina of Time'', the Bombchu salesman in the middle of the desert rode on one.
* ''UltimaV'' introduced a magic carpet, hidden in the King's chambers. It returned in ''UltimaVII'', this time having had chairs installed to sit on!
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'', there's a flying carpet that takes you up a mountain. ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII'' has a magic carpet that instantly takes you to Dreamland.
* Used by the Egyptian Lemmings in ''[[VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} Lemmings Chronicles]]'' to travel from [[ColonyShip the Ark]] to their new island home.

* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0817.html this]] ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' 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.

* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and its many spin-offs featured a magic carpet ''as a character'', [[AnimateInanimateObject mute but doubtlessly sentient]].
* Panchito in ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' has a flying sarape.
* ''Characters/BugsBunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales''. At one point Bugs tries to escape from a palace on a FlyingCarpet.
* Characters/BugsBunny cartoons:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-Lad-In_His_Lamp A-Lad-In His Lamp]] (1948) featured Mad Man Hassan's used magic carpet lot and a FlyingCarpet with an outboard motor.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broom-Stick_Bunny Broom-Stick Bunny]] (1956) had a genie riding a FlyingCarpet.
* ''The SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', was used frequently as a vehicle in the Mushroom World. One peculiar example featured a biplane with magic carpets for wings.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' featured Prof. Nimnul using electrical flying carpets to steal valuable objects.
* Often appeared in ''The Arabian Knights'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits'' show.
* The main characters escape from Shendu's palace on one during the 'Demon World' two-parter in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Scooby and Shaggy arrive at the Caliph's palace on one in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights''.
** Magic carpets are used in two other Scooby episodes, "Hassle In The Castle" and "Scooby-Doo Meets The Addams Family."
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb create one in "Magic Carpet Ride", there's even a song about it.
* A [[TheHuckleberryHoundShow Pixie and Dixie]] cartoon has Mr. Jinks obtaining a magic carpet that operates under the command "Chabunagunga."
* A [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines 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 ''WackyRaces'' 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.