Carpet mat

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Tailored carpet mat

A carpet mat is a generic term for a piece of flat carpet, generally placed on a floor or other flat surface, which serves a range of purposes including:

  • providing a regular or flat surface
  • protecting that which is beneath the mat, such as a place mat or the matting used in archival framing and preservation of documents and paintings.
  • protecting that which is above the mat, such as a wrestling or gymnastics mat, or an anti-vibration mat.
  • changing the state of that which passes above it, such as a doormat attracting dirt from shoes.

Using carpet mats for flooring and matting provide the benefits of safety, being environmentally friendly, and comfort.

Carpet car mats[edit]

Fitted carpet car mat.

Carpet car mats are an alternative to rubber car mats and offer durable protection. They often come with a raised heel pad and fixing clips.[1] Many are customised to the model of car.[2]

Carpet car mats usually come either universal or tailored. The term "tailored" means that a car mat is suited to the vehicle floor areas for an accurate fit.

They can come in variety of colours or different trims and finishes. Black is usually the predominant choice. Some come with a granular rubber backing or soft foam backing. Furthermore, they an be edged either with leather or in many cases a threaded binding. Automotive car carpets can come in a variety of weights or carpet pile thicknesses.

Logos can also be incorporated via embroidery. This is one advantage provided by carpet mats over rubber mats. Carpet car mats are often also offered with a heel pad, as this area gets worn most quickly, and usually also come with safety fixing systems.

Comparison to rubber mats[edit]

Carpet mats are not as popular as rubber mats in terms of sales.[3] However, they offer several added advantages over their rubber counterparts:[4]

  • Different style possibilities
  • Added comfort
  • Added lifespan in most cases
  • Ease of cleaning and maintenance
  • Preferable for colder climates or all-weather conditions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The different choices of car mats". UK Car Mats. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Car Mats". Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Car Mats". YouTube. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Carpet vs. Rubber Floor Mats: What's the Best Mat to Safeguard Your Vehicle's Interior? 1". Auto Anything.